Approximately 10 of the 40 million inhabitants of Argentina live in inadequate housing. The Argentinian government is actively seeking proposals from civil society and acknowledges that the current housing programs are failing to reach those in greater need. Through the Solid Ground campaign, Habitat for Humanity Argentina actively positions itself to work with the government and influence public policies regarding housing and specifically land.
Rapid urbanization worldwide is causing the growth of slum conditions with little access to clean water, electricity, sanitation and safety. This is especially true in the Asia Pacific region where half of the world’s urban slum dwellers – more than 500 million people – reside. Habitat for Humanity Australia is reversing that trend, by advocating for Australian AID to prioritize funding for shelter and access to land and develop a clear urban strategy for the Asia Pacific region.
The primary policy areas relevant to Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh’s mission are rent control, gender inequality, and overall improvement of the policy environment around housing and land tenure issues. Habitat Bangladesh is working to build capacity to enable advocacy for housing and land tenure for vulnerable groups.
Habitat for Humanity Bolivia is working in coordination with the National Network of Human Settlements and the People's Committees in the cities of La Paz, El Alto, Cochabamba, Oruro and Santa Cruz with the aim of proposing a civil society agenda heading into the Habitat III conference. The Committee has prioritized access to land and financing. Habitat Bolivia is building on past success increasing access to urban land and property rights for women and excluded families through increased transparency and accountability in national and municipal governance.
In major Brazilian cities, favelas that lack safety, economic stability, basic water and sanitation services, and secure tenure stand as testaments to issues like overcrowding and housing deterioration. The complexity of legal framework around property law causes access to land and housing to be one of the most highly contested issues for both governments and civil society. Habitat for Humanity Brazil aims to approve and monitor the implementation of laws that guarantee the “social role of property” in cities in order to build a better future for housing.
The Roma population in Bulgaria, as in many other Eastern Europe countries, faces both physical and social marginalization. A significant portion the Roma people live in areas with insufficient regulation and oversight and as a result, reside in illegally-built homes without formal ownership of land, property, and housing. Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria is working to amend national and municipal legislation to facilitate secure tenure and increase access to land and public infrastructure for all vulnerable populations, and the Roma population in particular.
Due to an upsurge in the population and the increasing rate of migration to urban cities, Cambodia is in drastic need of housing. In 2014, the Royal Government of Cambodia enacted the National Housing Policy, but the policy has yet to reach low- and middle-income families. Humanity Cambodia is advocating for the effective implementation of the National Housing Policy in Cambodia to facilitate access to improved housing for the growing number of urban residents.
Habitat for Humanity Chile is leveraging their participation in the Solid Ground campaign to build on successful advocacy efforts – including recently having developed a pilot project for a subsidy for families living in overcrowded conditions to construct structurally sound additions, potentially benefitting more than 1 million people. Their Solid Ground efforts will position their focus on policies and systems that promote security of tenure, gender equality and property rights, and disaster resilience and land.
Habitat for Humanity Côte d’Ivoire’s work is rooted in its unique history and the land conflicts that beset the country. A major focus of the current government is the resolution land tenure issues. Habitat Côte d’Ivoire seeks to complement the work of the government on land tenure by conducting research into the obstacles faced as it works to roll out an effective and efficient titling system. Habitat Côte d’Ivoire will leverage awareness efforts and coalitions with other community-based organizations to mobilize communities as communities of practice and platforms for engagement with the government.
The Constitution of the Dominican Republic guarantees its citizens the “right to housing,” yet, the housing deficit is more than 2 million homes. To improve the living conditions around the country and protect residents against forced evictions, Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic and their partners launched the Casa Ya campaign in October 2015. The Casa Ya campaign will help enact municipal protocols that guarantee legal protection against forced evictions and, in doing so, inform national legislation regarding impoverished and informal settlements.