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.
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.
The Solid Ground campaign in Macedonia is working to improve urbanization of marginalized communities. Habitat for Humanity Macedonia is advocating for legalization of homes, access to basic services, inclusive urban planning, and respect of housing rights including women housing rights and social inclusion. To accomplish this, Habitat Macedonia will establish a national coalition to support adequate housing for excluded populations, mobilize local communities to advocate for housing and urban development, prepare studies highlighting the issue of poverty housing at the local and national levels, and more.
Working to enable a greater number of people to formally access land in the states of Nayarit and Baja California in Mexico, Habitat for Humanity Mexico is developing a proposal to improve regulatory procedures for the legal security of land tenure and housing. Habitat Mexico will provide the necessary procedural information to populations in need of secure tenure, working in coordination with responsible institutions. Additionally, they will work to engage diverse stakeholders in their work to generate additional interest and new supporters.
In recent years, the government of Nepal has placed a greater emphasis on implementing land reforms in an effort to decrease the size of landholdings, including providing land to the landless and giving tenancy rights. However, large inequalities persist including gender-based inequalities, which have a strong history in Nepal. Habitat for Humanity Nepal brought together influential women from different sectors to form the Women Build Council. Habitat Nepal is leveraging the global Solid Ground campaign to maximize opportunities to strategically impact housing and land policy through the engagement of influential spokespersons including Habitat Nepal Youth Ambassadors, members of the Council and others to achieve lasting social impact.
As an active member of the NGO disaster relief forum and the Pacific Humanitarian Team, Habitat for Humanity New Zealand has responded to a number of disasters in the Pacific and will continue to work jointly on disaster risk reduction campaigns, advocating through the Solid Ground campaign for access to land as a means of disaster resilience and post disaster need. Furthermore, Habitat for Humanity New Zealand has a history of providing direct housing services in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. Through their on-going housing work in Tonga they will engage in the Solid Ground campaign by supporting awareness of land rights for women in Tonga.