The challenge

By 2030, UN-Habitat estimates that 3 billion people, about 40 per cent of the world’s population, will need access to adequate housing. This translates into a demand for 96,000 new affordable and accessible housing units every day. Additionally, an estimated 100 million people worldwide are homeless and one in four people live in harmful conditions that to their health, safety and prosperity.

Access to housing is a precondition for access to employment, education, health, and social services. In order to address the current housing challenges, all levels of government should put housing at the centre of urban policies by placing people and human rights at the forefront of urban sustainable development.


families affected by Typhoon Yolanda in Philippines offered loans for site development and housing construction
war veterans in Wau State, South Sudan, were the first beneficiaries of houses built as part of the peace-building process and reintegration of veterans
Estate Worker households living in substandard housing in Sri Lanka benefitted from basic infrastructure facilities for houses that they constructed using a people-centered community-driven approach.

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