This report uses the Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000 as the basis for describing "enabling" strategies and processes in the field of shelter provision and improvement. A systematic method is used to evaluate initial efforts at implementing the Global Strategy, based on case studies in Colombia, India, Nigeria, and Thailand, as well as less detailed evidence from countries elsewhere. Particular attention is given to identifying: (i) Bottlenecks in the successful implementation of enabling strategies. (ii) Experiences which are relevant across national boundaries. (iii) Innovative modes of organisation for shelter delivery. (iv) Experiments which may be replicable in different settings. (v) Appropriate indicators and standards for measuring progress. (vi) Priorities for further research, experience-sharing, and action.