IHFP develops courses tailored to the needs of specific countries or client institutions. Such courses are sponsored by governments, housing finance trade associations, private financial institutions, international development agencies and universities. IHFP developed courses for South-East Asia (1991), NIS counties (1993), India (1993/95), Morocco and Tunisia (1995), the Caribbean Region (1996), Latin America/ the Inter-American Development Bank (1997, 2002), Sub-Saharan Africa (1999), Indonesia (2000), South Africa (1997, 1999, 2002, 2003), Serbia (2002), Brazil (2002, 2003 - SEC/CVM), CASHFI (Jamaica 2003), Mexico (2004, 2005), Vietnam (2005).


Some recent programs:


  • 2008-2014 South Africa
    Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa
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  • 2006 South Africa
    The Treasury Department of the Government of South Africa asked Marja Hoek-Smit to prepare report that would provide an overview of international cases of housing subsidies with a special focus on rental and fiscal subsidies. In November 2006 she delivered several lectures on these topics during a Workshop at the Treasury Department on subsidy design and at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg South Africa.

  • 2006 China
    The People's Bank of China (Central Bank) and the World Bank invited Drs. Marja Hoek-Smit, director of the International Housing Finance Program, to Beijing in early May to conduct an "International Workshop on Housing Finance Systems," to assist Chinese housing finance policy makers to develop an analytical framework for housing finance policy development for China, and to introduce international practices in housing finance system development, and risk control and policies to extend housing finance to lower income groups.


    The opening address was delivered by Madam WU Xiaoling, Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China. Apart from Professors Richard Herring and Marja Hoek-Smit from the Wharton School, international housing finance experts from the World Bank contributed to the workshop and Chinese housing experts presented cases and analyses of the Chinese housing and housing finance system.


    The three-day workshop was organized by the People's Bank of China for their senior staff, both from the Beijing headquarters and the regional offices, and for senior officials from other Financial Institutions and housing-related ministries and regulatory agencies. There were approximately 70 participants.


    The workshop was followed by high-level policy discussions on housing finance issues facing China at the People's Bank of China, presided over by Madam WU Xiaoling.

  • 2005 Vietnam
    A two week program in housing market analysis, housing policy and housing finance system development for senior government officials from the State Bank of Vietnam, the Ministry of Construction and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The course was sponsored by the Asian Development Bank and was held in May 2005 at the Wharton School.

  • 2004 and 2005 Mexico, Housing Commission (Conafovi) and SHF
    IHFP jointly with the World Bank, organized two workshops on Housing Subsidy Policy and Design. These workshops were focused on the current reforms in the housing subsidy policy undertaken by the Housing Commission (Conafovi). The first workshop was held at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. in January 2004 and a follow-up workshop was held in Mexico City in March 2005. · 2003 Brazil, Commissao de Valores Mobiliaros IHFP developed and presented a program for Commissao de Valores Mobiliaros (CVM) management and other government agencies on technical, policy, and regulatory issues in housing finance and mortgage securitization, November 19th - 22nd, 2003. The course was sponsored by CVM, the World Bank and UNDP.


  • 2003 Caribbean Association of Housing Finance Institutions, CASHFI
    IHFP developed and facilitated a housing finance executive program "The Road to Success in Mortgage Financing" for the Caribbean Association of Housing Finance Institutions, November 2003. Topics discussed included the business of housing finance, operational and financial risk management and mortgage pricing, extending housing finance down-market, and alternative funding mechanisms and funding risks.