Build Solid Ground

You have the power to change lives and help make our cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Help us raise awareness of issues related to extreme housing poverty, such as land rights, gender equality and urbanisation.

In our rapidly urbanising world, decent living conditions are becoming scarce. By 2050, an expected 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.

Because of this, cities are at the forefront of key global challenges shaping the 21st century – rapid urbanisation, migration, and expanding informal settlements. Cities are finding it increasingly challenging to fulfill their core functions of providing infrastructure, basic services, safety and security, adequate and affordable housing and secure tenure. This makes cities more fragile and reduces their resilience to be able to cope with external risks such as climate change and disasters.

The need for adequate, affordable and secure housing is now greater than ever, as demonstrated by the 1 billion people that live in slums globally.

By using your voice and helping us raise awareness of these global issues, you can help ensure everyone has access to adequate, safe and affordable housing, and basic services by 2030.


Help Build Solid Ground

(1) Sign our petition to support the campaign

(2) Follow Habitat Ireland on Facebook & Twitter and share our #BuildSG posts.

(3) Read our blogs about key global issues.

(4) Share what you learn with friends, family, and colleagues.

(5) Visit our information stands and speak to us at events, including Africa Day, Irish Aid Fair, TY Expo, Schools Summit, Zeminar, and a variety of university and corporate fairs throughout the year.

(6) Invite Habitat Ireland to your school, university, community club, or work place to provide interactive workshops and presentations on issues related to SDG 11 and the New Urban Agenda e.g. land rights, gender equality, urbanisation and slum upgrading.

(7) Sign up to build homes through our Global Village volunteering programme.


‘Build Solid Ground’ Resources: Learn more about these issues

Senseless Evictions

75 percent of people lack the proper documentation to the land on which they live. Millions of people live in constant fear of eviction, unwilling to leave their homes in case they are never able to return. With secure tenure, people live without the fear of eviction and invest more in their families, their communities, and their futures.


Unequal Rights

Women are half of the global population, yet are routinely and systematically denied their right to land. Improving the property rights of women has a catalytic effect, elevating the standards of living for entire communities and populations.



One out of every 7 people on the planet lives in a slum. By 2030, the global slum population is expected to double to 2 billion. Slum upgrading means improving living conditions of informal settlements in a responsible manner, providing access to decent housing in the short term and the long term.


Disaster and Devastation

When disaster strikes a community, people lose their homes. When a disaster strikes a community without proper land laws in place, people lose their homes and their ability to recover. Disaster resilience enables communities to better prepare, respond and recover from disasters, predictable or otherwise.


And remember, every one of us deserves a decent and affordable place to call home.


Through ‘Build Solid Ground’, funded by the European Union, we are working with 13 partners across Europe on engaging European Citizens in solving these critical issues beyond their borders, and in recognising the interdependencies between Europe and the Global South (low-income countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America).

This subpage was created and maintained with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Habitat for Humanity Ireland and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

Subscribe to our newsletter!

Keep up to date with Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s programmes, volunteering opportunities and news!