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Vanessa Fry Participated in Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange

Through a US State Department Reciprocal Exchange, Professors Vanessa Fry and Krista Paulsen, of Boise State University, are currently working with Ryan Fester of Development Action Group to explore challenges and solutions in providing affordable, accessible housing. Both Boise, Idaho, and Cape Town, South Africa, are confronting accelerated growth and housing disparities associated with amenity-based migration and legacies of inequalities. In September, Drs. Fry and Paulsen spent two weeks in South Africa as part of the exchange. While there they met with numerous community partners and shared accounts and analyses of Boise housing markets as well as the experience of neighborhoods and detailed strategies being evaluated or employed to increase housing access in the region. They worked with Ryan Fester to draw parallels to the Cape Town context and discussed with participants possible common solutions.