SES helps Ethiopian cities to solve problems related to housing poor urban communities by supporting these communities rather than evicting them from their informal settlements. The project introduces a holistic approach in Ethiopian HEI’s existing academic programs for future urban developers and energy managers and educates responsible personnel at local authorities. It aims at improving poor residents’ security in housing and their access to energy needs ranging from sustainable energy systems to the management of energy efficiency.


Duration 15/10/2016 - 14/10/2020
Funding EU
Program ERASMUS+
ERASMUS+ Logo - European Union

Department for Building and Environment

Center for Environmental Sensitivity

Department for Knowledge and Communication Management

Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems) Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Tania Berger
Project members
Mag. Stefan Glaser
Manuela Wieländer, MSc


Girmay, A.; Berger, T.; (2023). Home-Based Income Generation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In: Singh, B.; Berger, T.; Parmar, M.;, Negotiating Resilience with Hard and Soft City: 20, Routledge, Delhi

Gebremeskel, S. A.; Berger, T. (2023). Built Form and Energy Transition. The Case of Condominium Housing in Mekelle, Ethiopia. Trialog - A Journal for Planning and Building in a Global Context, 145/146: 52-59, Trialog

Semunugus, D.; Nigusie, E.; Berger, T.; (2023). Countering the Narrative of an ‘Informal Settlement Free’ City. How Urban Housing Demand Induces Changes of Livelihood in Peri-urban Areas of Mekelle, Ethiopia. TRIALOG – A Journal for Planning and Building in a Global Context, 145/146: 67-73

Berger, T. (2021). Housing the Poor - Staatliche Wohnbaumaßnahmen in Äthiopien und Indien im Vergleich. In: Bronberg, R.; Herbig, U., Vergleichende Architektur- und Bauforschung. Ein Forschungs- und Lehrmotto. Festschrift für Erich Lehner: 302-312, IVA-Verlag, Wien

Höltl, A.; Brandtweiner, R.; Bates, R.; Berger, T. (2020). The Interactions of Sustainable Development Goals: The Case of Urban Informal Settlements in Ethiopia. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, Vol. 15, No. 3: 287-294

Höltl, A.; Berger, T.; Bates, R.; Desta, M.K.; Lewis, A.; Semunugus, D.; Indorewala H. (2020). The Nexus of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Their Link to Quality of Life: A Case of Urbanization in Ethiopia and India. In: Javier Martinez, Claudia Andrea Mikkelsen, Rhonda Phillips, Handbook of Quality of Life and Sustainability: 113-138, Springer, Cham

Höltl, A.; Brandtweiner, R.; Berger, T.; Bates, R. (2018). URBAN GROWTH AND ENERGY SUPPLY IN AFRICAN CITIES: THE CASE OF ETHIOPIA. Syngellakis, S., Urban Growth and the Circular Economy, vol 179: 159 - 169, WIT Press, Alicante, Spain


Raumordnung global gesehen - Beispiele aus Indien und Äthiopien

Wom Wert des Bodens - SDGs auf den Boden bringen, 25/09/2020

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