Commitment to Action

Teaching Retrofitting to Foster Safer Housing in Colombia

Commitment by

Build Change

In 2013, Build Change committed to develop the capacity of Colombia's Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA) and other Colombian organizations by providing Training-of-Trainers in retrofitting techniques. Build Change will design two targeted Training-of-Trainers courses for SENA, who will in turn train other implementing organizations in Colombia. The first course will teach Colombian engineers, architects and construction technicians to conduct seismic evaluations; produce retrofitting designs and provide supervision during retrofitting. The second course will train builders in retrofitting techniques. This one year project will provide 74 people (partner organization staff, SENA trainees and families in retrofit houses) with the skills to prepare for, and cope with natural disasters. As Build Change's first project in Colombia, the training will be rigorously monitored and evaluated using quantitative and qualitative techniques. The final assessment will be used to guide future plans for scaling the project within Columbia and throughout Latin America.





Teaching Retrofitting to Foster Safer Housing in Colombia



Est. Duration

2 Years

Estimated Total Value



Latin America & Caribbean



Commitment by

Build Change

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

SwissContact, Risk Management Solutions, Inc., Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje, Swiss Re Foundation, Risk Management Solutions, Inc.