Through the Solid Ground campaign, Estrategia is working with Mujeres Unidas para un Pueblo Mejor to engage women across Peru in dialogue and negotiation with state and local authorities to increase women’s secure access to land, with a focus on improving disaster resilience, infrastructure and access to services. They will leverage their networks and the media to speak with one voice, sharing the positive impact of secure tenure for women. As Estrategia and Mujeres Unidas para un Pueblo Mejor build the capacity of women in Peru in legal matters, women will be able to raise their voice and achieve results – protecting women from forced evictions.
Since its establishment, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has engaged in advocating to secure rights to ensure that everyone has a decent place to live. Specific to land rights, Habitat Philippines works to address land conflicts and procedural roadblocks, engage citizens in city planning, and promote social housing projects. Habitat Philippines works towards its advocacy goals by promoting policy and systems that advance access to adequate housing, serving as a leading voice in showing housing as critical to ending poverty, and mobilizing volunteers as advocates for the cause.
Habitat for Humanity Poland is using campaign materials to promote the need for security of tenure at home as well as abroad, participating in the Build Solid Ground project funded by the European Union. Solid Ground will be featured during key events to engage participants in educational activities, enhancing their understanding and support of the issue.
Habitat for Humanity Romania is advocating for access to land for shelters at home and abroad. To address isolation of Roma populations in Romania, they are focusing on the Solid Ground campaign’s subtheme of slum upgrading along with disaster resilience as Romania is prone to flooding. Further, Habitat for Humanity Romania and partners in Romania – “Alaturi de Voi” Romania Foundation, Association Pro Vobis – are joining 11 other partners to leverage their networks to amplify their message and build broader support for global access to land, housing and the issue of urbanization through the Build Solid Ground project, funded by the European Union.
Habitat for Humanity International Europe, Middle East and Africa, Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia, and the Slovak Centre for Communication and Development are partnering through the Build Solid Ground project funded by the European Union – part of Habitat for Humanity’s global advocacy campaign – Solid Ground. The partners, along with 11 others in 7 additional European countries, will implement awareness, education and advocacy activities to build enhanced understanding and engagement of European citizens on the issues of global land, housing and urbanization.
South Africa has policies in place that allow greater access to adequate housing for all citizens, but the growing rate of urbanization, increasing number of households qualifying for subsidies, and declining access to housing finance prevent these legal measures from being effective. Habitat for Humanity South Africa aims to improve the implementation of the Upgrading Informal Settlements Programme (UISP), a widely embraced policy that shifted focus from slum eradication to slum upgrading, by developing clear implementation guidelines, mandating community participation, and increasing the capacity of intermediary civil society organizations.
In Tonga, land is primarily owned by the Royal Family, the Government and Landed Gentry. Only males can register a Title to land in their name. Habitat for Humanity New Zealand has a history of providing direct housing services in Tonga. 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.
Trinidad and Tobago
According to the Inter-American Development Bank, one out of five persons in Trinidad and Tobago is ‘squatting’ in an informal settlement. As Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago works to resolve the housing deficit in the country, their work under the Solid Ground campaign is focused on increasing partnerships with other civil society organizations to advocate for housing subsidies and improve the transparency of legal processes to access land.
Habitat for Humanity Great Britain and Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland are mobilizing new and existing supporters – volunteers, students, churches, and coalitions – and political leaders to support policies and systems that improve access to land for shelter. Both are participating in the Build Solid Ground project, funded by the European Union to build critical understanding and engagement of Europeans in support of urban issues, global housing and land.
Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States are supporting global Solid Ground efforts by raising awareness about the campaign and educating people about how access to land for shelter affects people’s livelihoods. Through these efforts, they are mobilizing advocates within the United States to take action to improve shelter conditions of people around the globe.