IRPF Bi-Annual Newsletter: July - December 2016


July – December 2016



Engaged by the International Real Property Foundation, with funding from the Reaume Foundation, IRPF representative, Natalie Brecher, presented a one-day training program on behalf of the Real Estate Institute of East Africa (REIEA).  Her presentation, which was titled “Build Your Organization’s Course for Success: How to Develop and Sustain a Business and Marketing Strategy” was given to 68 participants on November 17, 2016 in Kampala, Uganda.

The training program was designed to be interactive and application-based, incorporating as many exercises as time allowed, given the scope of content requested for a day’s course.  The one-day training course included the following: foundation strategy, business strategy, marketing strategy, financial strategy, emergent strategy, business plans, and goals.

After the training, a participant survey form was issued to evaluate how the training was perceived and what future professional skill development topics were desired.   While reflecting on the training course, Ms. Brecher stated, “Students here are very serious about learning and using what they learned.  They also appreciate and value education.  In my role as a teacher, it is rewarding to work with people so eager to learn.”  All of the feedback from the course participants was very positive, and the participation of the students during the program and their many positive comments indicated the day was of excellent value to them and that they planned to use what they learned in their own businesses.


Access to property rights in Cuba is still a thorny issue; however, the government recently approved the real estate agent profession. In discussions between Mr. Darien Garcia, Coordinator of CUBAEMPRESA of the Loyola Center, and Sylvia Luchini, Managing Director of the International Real Property Foundation (IRPF), Garcia identified the dire need of creating a space in which Cubans can be acquainted of the skill sets required to serve as a real estate agent because it is such a new concept for entrepreneurs in Cuba. One way to achieve this is for IRPF to adapt relevant course content and share it with CUBAEMPRESA.  The Cuba program proposes to offer real estate training services to Cuba, responding to a wide range of market development stage from helping to share a real estate market in Cuba.



In Washington, D.C., the 2017 World Bank Poverty and Land Conference will take place from the 20th through the 24th of March.  William Endsley, Secretary General, FIABCI-USA, and IRPF Managing Director, Sylvia Luchini, was invited to share their expertise and knowledge at the conference.  The Land and Poverty conference will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world.  The 2017 conference theme will be: Responsible Land Governance: Towards an Evidence-Based Approach; and the focus is on: the role of data and evidence for realizing land policy reform, identifying strategies for working at scale, and monitoring achievements.

The World Bank Land and Poverty Conference has become one of the largest international events on land and governance, attracting over 1,200 participants from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector.



IRPF along with IHC Global, if indeed the merger occurs, would like to create a strategic partnership with News Corp’s philanthropy because of its keen interest in improving the lives of others.  Property rights—housing and shelter—are among the most essential principles protected in Article 17 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. IRPF/IHC Global’s work helps create real estate markets needed to access housing options and influence policy and practice through applied research and on the ground best practices.  Therefore, IRPF asks News Corp’s philanthropy for a one time grant to help continue its important work.



On Sunday, October 9, 2016, after months of preparation, runners from all over the world took to the Windy City’s downtown area for the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The first wave of runners began at 7:30 in the morning, with the final competitor crossing the finish line after 9 hours, 47 minutes, and 36 seconds.  Among the sea of participants was the International Real Property Foundation’s Managing Director, Sylvia Luchini, as she competed as a first-time contender in Chicago’s 2016 marathon.

During the weeks leading up to the Chicago Marathon, Luchini had been accepting monetary contributions toward Running for Rights, a cause geared toward helping people in the developing economies of countries such as Uganda, Bolivia, and Romania.  With a goal of raising $3,500.00, the funds raised by the Running for Rights campaign went directly to IRPF and their mission to help use the benefits of property rights for the betterment of people.  “I am proud that I had the chance to run for IRPF,” Luchini stated, “the energy of the crowd was amazing.  Everyone from the young to the very old were cheering as we passed by.”  Luchini went on the finish a total of 27.1 miles in 4 hours, 16 minutes, and 32 seconds.






The mission of the IRPF is to assist in the creation of free, efficient, transparent and equitable real estate markets anchored to private property rights; to help develop civil society by establishing an ethical and trained real estate profession committed to protection of the public and organized into representative real property associations; and to promote real property ownership as a key element of strong democracies and poverty alleviation.


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