As the global population grows and urbanization increases, the number of people in need of housing is increasing faster than ever before. Cadasta Foundation is excited to support Habitat for Humanity International in launching Solid Ground, a three-year global advocacy campaign focused on promoting policies and systems to advance access to land for shelter.
Habitat’s Solid Ground campaign aims to draw attention to the often overlooked role of land for housing and will influence land policies through four key areas: secure tenure, slum upgrading, disaster resilience and gender equality. Currently, an estimated 75 percent of land rights worldwide are not legally documented, leaving millions of people in developing countries vulnerable to eviction or displacement after a disaster. Many of these people, primarily women, lack access to property rights and in turn face barriers in finding adequate housing for themselves and their families. And as we celebrate International Women’s Day, it is worth checking out this infographic from our friends at Landesa that highlights the positive global impact that comes about with strengthening women’s land rights.
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The mission of the Solid Ground campaign aligns directly with our goals at Cadasta Foundation, where, through our focus on supporting communities and citizens in documenting land and resource rights, we work to help provide greater tenure security. Cadata Foundation and Habitat for Humanity will collaborate in the coming months and years to test approaches to capture and manage land rights information in an effort to increase tenure security with Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the world.
To learn more about the Solid Ground campaign and how to get involved visit: solidgroundcampaign.org.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.