Another year of the Solid Ground campaign has come and gone. We can’t even begin to touch on all that has been accomplished in 2019, but here are a few of our favorite moments.
- Capturing the learnings of the campaign through the report and case studies in Multiplying Impact Through Advocacy: Capturing lessons from Solid Ground on improving access to land for shelter through policy and systems change as well as four issue briefs on each of the campaign subthemes: disaster resilience, slum upgrading, secure tenure and gender equality
- In the Asia-Pacific region, Habitat for Humanity co-hosted a land and disaster resilience course leading up to the 7th annual housing forum, bringing hundreds of housing experts, NGOs, elected officials, academia and more together.
- Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean leading and organizing six Land Action Laboratories, or LABS, that brought together Habitat for Humanity national organizations, governmental representatives, academics and partner organizations
- The It All Starts At Home photo exhibit organized by Habitat for Humanity Europe, Middle East and Africa called, telling the stories of six women who have experienced barriers to housing
- Several members of Habitat for Humanity’s network presenting at the annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference on Bottom-up approaches: A key to land use planning, Harnessing the scope for incremental tenure upgrading and more.
- Providing lessons learned as Habitat for Humanity launched its first U.S. national advocacy campaign – Cost of Home – to find solutions and help create the policies for 10 million people in the U.S. to access home affordability
- Jamaican youth leaders using storytelling and media as a tool for advocacy and land rights
- The launch of the Stand For Her Land campaign, one avenue to continue the advocacy work of Solid Ground that aims to close the gap between law and practice for women around the world to realize land rights
- Celebrating the 3-year anniversary of the launch of the Solid Ground campaign
I want to give special appreciation to the Habitat for Humanity organizations and partners across 41 countries, who are committed to improving policies to increase access to land for shelter. Further, we know that we would have seen the momentum and impact realized this past year without our 16 global campaign partners who have leant their support, expertise and resources to ensuring families around the world have access to safe and secure land.
We look forward to welcoming a new year – a year that will celebrate the close of the Solid Ground campaign but will see the continuation of land policy and advocacy efforts initiated and strengthened through the campaign.