New evidence shows the hidden value of improving housing in informal settlements

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A new IIED and Habitat for Humanity report shows that the substantial benefits from increased access to adequate housing not only improve the lives of those living in informal settlements but also affect entire societies.

Our partner IIED, as part of its housing justice agenda, is working with partners to generate awareness among policymakers and international development agencies about the fundamental role that housing plays in advancing social justice, wellbeing and environmental sustainability.

And a new Habitat for Humanity and IIED report, ‘Improving housing in informal settlements: assessing the impacts in human development’, highlights the impact of large-scale housing improvements in a country, enabling everyone living in informal settlements to have equitable access to adequate housing. IIED researchers carried out an extensive literature review and conducted a statistical modelling exercise.

Many partners of the CoHabitat Network contributed to this report, through two collective workshops where insights, questions and advices were shared. Participants of the advisory group: Habitat International Coalition (HIC), urbaMonde, Global Platform for the Right to the City, Slum Dwellers International (SDI), The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Research Team, World Habitat, Misereor and IIED.

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