The Dublin Institute of Technology, Engineers without Borders Ireland and Habitat for Humanity Ireland are 3 of the 14 partners raising awareness and active engagement of Europeans in support of urban issues, global housing and land under the Build Solid Ground project funded by the European Union. The project is an important part of Solid Ground, Habitat for Humanity’s global advocacy campaign to improve access to land for shelter, because visibility leads to accountability.
Since 2015, Habitat for Humanity has been implementing a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) pilot project in Portmore, Jamaica called BRACED (Building Resilience and Capacities for Emerging Disasters) that could be replicated in other settlements in Jamaica. Through community participation and leadership, the project is improving land tenure security to increase household and community resilience to disasters.
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.
Habitat for Humanity is a partner in the Cities Alliance led Liberia Country Program, which is a longer-term programmatic approach to addressing the specific urban development needs of greater Monrovia in a more holistic manner, while contributing towards sustainable urban development, poverty reduction and social and economic inclusion. Habitat for Humanity is contributing to the program through facilitating increased access to adequate and affordable housing with particular focus on slum upgrading and gender equality.
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.
Building on an ongoing projected implemented in collaboration with the government, Habitat for Humanity Myanmar’s participation in the Solid Ground campaign will complement its house construction in the region of Bago by piloting an approach to improve clarity and simplify the land registration system.
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.