Everyone deserves a safe and stable home

As part of the Build Solid Ground project, funded by the European Union, we are raising awareness about substandard housing and inadequate land rights in developing countries across Africa, Asia, Central and Latin America. Why are we doing this? By 2050, the world's urban population is expected to double. Urbanization is expected to be one of the most significant global trends in the 21st century. This could be a grave threat to the livelihoods, health and security of much of the world’s population. However, done right, urbanization can become a powerful instrument of development, improving our social, economic and ecological well-being.

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Did you know that every eighth person on the planet lives in a slum? In cities, the situation is even worse, with every fourth person living in an improvised dwelling. It is almost impossible for these people to break out of their situation.


Women make up half of the world's population; however, their rights in developing countries are far from equal to men’s. Even though in many countries there is legislation in place allowing women to own land, the reality is often different. This must change.


Climate change and conflicts are forcing millions of people to leave their homes. If they are entitled to their land, they can return over time. People who do not have valid land rights, lose their chance to return for good.


It is amazing that we live in a country where most people own their property. However, in developing countries only 30% of the land is officially registered. Millions of people live in fear of losing their homes, which sit on a plot that someone else can lay claim to.

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We are Habitat for Humanity and we are leading the Build Solid Ground project. Within the framework of the project, we are raising awareness of the poor housing and land rights situation in developing countries. We promote gender equality. We point out the need to improve living conditions in slums and increase the resilience of communities to natural disasters. To learn more about our activities, subscribe to our newsletter.