Solid Ground Advocacy Campaign: Land is the Foundation for Life.

Too many people worldwide lack the most basic physical, economic and psychological security of adequate shelter. 

You have the power to change lives.

Access to land lies at the heart of ending poverty – without land, there can be no housing and housing is the key to stability and opportunity. By using your voice to improve access to safe and secure land, you can help create the foundation for better housing.

In just one year, the Habitat for Humanity organisations and partners implementing the campaign in 30 countries around the world have reported changing policies and systems projected to increase access to land for shelter for nearly 1 million people.

At the global level, we leveraged our world-wide network to ensure that adequate and affordable housing, secure land tenure, and community-led development remain focal points of the #NewUrbanAgenda, the roadmap to sustainable urban development for the next 20 years.

While our first year was full of successes, there is still much work to be done to achieve our vision of a world where everyone has access to land for shelter. As we move into the second year of the campaign, we need the support of our partners – and that includes you.

Share your actions and accomplishments using #FromtheGroundUp to call attention to the great progress that has been made for global land access. Throughout the month and moving forward, share how you will #ActforLandAccess and encourage others to do the same.




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.


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