Costa Rica

Urban Popular Housing Program

The Urban Popular Housing Program began in 1988. It was born as a product of the housing needs in the country, especially after the effects of the crisis in the 1980s, which led to the development of marginal areas and slums, particularly amongst the most disadvantaged sectors of the population. In this context, and lacking adequate models and programs for these people, who promoted the application of participatory methods in search of communal development and improvement of the quality of life, the Housing Program promoted by the Housing Promotion Foundation (FUPROVI) was implemented. By 2016 the program registered 80 000 Costa Ricans who had improved their quality of life by having housing and an organized community.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

only backed by a governmental program or policy 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
citizens civil society private stakeholders  
democratic innovation yields no decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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