TECHO is a Latin American youth led non-profit organization working towards poverty eradication in slums and development of sustainable communities through promoting community development, creating social awareness, and political advocacy. Established in Chile in 1997, TECHO currently operates in 19 Latin American countries, involving over 500,000 young volunteers. Its recent achievements include building 80,000 transitional houses across Latin America, engaging 8,000 families in social inclusion programs, and creating 148 active community organizing committee.
With the objective of promoting cross-sectoral collaboration in tackling complex urban challenges and knowledge, the Cities Programme and TECHO entered into a partnership in August 2012. The partnership facilitates exchange of experiences, resources, and best practices of each of the partner organizations, as well as joint research initiatives and internship exercises in Latin America Centre for Social Research.