Solving critical housing issues
People without secure land tenure are often also the most poor and vulnerable, and live with the threat of forced eviction.
Help families to understand their rights to land and gain secure title where possible
Encourage governments to fairly implement land laws
Work with communities and governments to improve living conditions in informal settlements, such as urban slums, and protect residents from eviction
Services and Utilities
768 million lack access to safe water and 2.5 billion do not have adequate sanitation.
Improving access to safe water sources by building community wells, pumps and filtration systems
Access to toilets and hygiene training for communities, so households can start to adopt healthier practices
Involving the community in renovation of existing facilities including cleaning drains and repairing communal bathrooms and toilets
Worldwide, half of the adult population does not have an account at a formal financial institution. Accessing finance to purchase a home is extremely limited. On average, only 3 percent of the population in developing economies has a mortgage.
Linking families to informal finance institutions that provide microloans to upgrade or repair their homes or start small businesses
Educate people in financial literacy and motivate them to save through community savings groups
The demand for secure, decent housing is extremely high but remains unaffordable for many in developing countries. The high costs of land and building materials mean the urban poor build housing with cheaper materials which are not durable, making them even more vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters.
Encouraging the use of local, sustainable and affordable building materials
Offering technical assistance and training in safe construction methods
Upgrading existing homes, to be stronger and safer
Ensuring new homes are built to better withstand natural disasters
People living in informal settlements experience higher levels of crime, violence and insecurity.
Ensuring that community members are active in planning and implementing improvements to their community
Organising and training community associations, and linking them with funding sources
Planning community facilities that are safe for children and adults alike, such as pre-schools, youth centres, and meeting places
Strengthening and working with community organisations to build trust and to enhance a higher sense of community spirit