The absence of housing policy and mechanisms to facilitate access to land has resulted in the formation of slums. Through Solid Ground, Habitat for Humanity El Salvador will conduct a systematic study of the different land issues in El Salvador and the mechanisms to improve access to land and will translate the findings to the general public as a means to influence decision makers to address these issues.
To increase access to land for shelter, Habitat for Humanity Fiji will work with government and landowners of informal settlements to reach an amicable, mutually beneficial agreement that increases land tenure security for residents of the informal housing sector.
Habitat for Humanity Germany´s mission is to mobilize resources in Germany for Habitat projects worldwide. Their advocacy efforts aim to increase German government development funding to increase access to land and housing around the world.
Habitat for Humanity Guatemala is replicating a model similar to that of Habitat for Humanity Honduras, focusing on one municipality at a time, building diverse alliances, analyzing policies, working to improve policies and implement new policies, and building on momentum to fuel additional success. They will begin by focusing on ten municipalities, looking at their land use planning, basic services, land tenure security and support to families living in extreme poverty.
Although Honduras is one of the least urbanized countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, it has one of the highest urban growth rates in the region. The effects of such urbanization are glaring; 16% of the nation’s homes are overcrowded. Barriers to accessing land make it difficult for Honduran households to attain decent shelter, both commercially and publicly. Habitat Honduras is eliminating barriers to accessing land for shelter by advocating for changes in legal and political frameworks of housing, within municipal and national governments and private organizations.
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong joins the Solid Ground campaign to support more low-income families in Hong Kong to live in adequate, affordable housing and to support fundraising initiatives in Hong Kong. Habitat Hong Kong will be leveraging research, policy mapping, the media and public backing to support their efforts.
More than 1.5 million people in Hungary lack adequate housing. Insecure tenure is a major issue. Many are living without adequate contracts or proof of ownership and fear eviction. Habitat for Humanity Hungary plans to assess the approximate number of people exposed to insecure tenure, uncover the major causes, develop legal and policy proposals to address them, and promote these proposals by educating both the public and key decision makers on the scale and complexity of the issue.
Habitat for Humanity India is already working on Solid Ground’s four campaign subthemes – secure tenure, gender equality, slum upgrading, and disaster resilience – across 18 states in India. Habitat India will leverage their engagement with Solid Ground to address land and housing issues impacting marginalized and low income families across India, spreading awareness, offering an opportunity for the private sector to engage, and influencing policymakers.
Kenya has one of the strongest and most stable economic growths among Sub-Saharan African countries, but around 60% of the population lives in informal settlements. Women and minority groups are at greater risk of living in substandard housing. Through Solid Ground, Kenya is alleviating pressures of uneven access to resources for marginalized populations by advocating for a higher percentage of women to practice their property rights and acquire land titles or other forms of tenure documented under their own names.
Habitat for Humanity Lesotho aims to promote policies and systems that advance decent shelter with clean water and sanitation. Habitat Lesotho’s efforts in the Solid Ground campaign will seek to further understand the challenges faced in land allocation in urban and peri-urban areas in Lesotho especially for the low-income families; to develop policy positions linked to land allocation in urban and peri-urban areas with a focus on low-income families; and to write and promote policy statements for positions developed.