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Adequate housing is more than the sum of four walls. Beyond just the house, it is access to potable water, public services and infrastructure. It is security of tenure and protection against eviction. It is the reduction of risks associated with disaster, and access to response systems after. It is to live in an adequate space, with affordable expenses.

In the following resources from Habitat for Humanity and other experts in the field, learn more about the cause—so that you can, in turn, educate others.


Fact Sheet: An urbanizing world
“In 2007, the world’s urban population outnumbered the rural for the first time.” Part of the educational series, “Where we live matters,” this two-page fact sheet provides poignant statistics about the worldwide trends in housing and poverty.
Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean, 2008.

Millennium Development Goals Report 2009
A progress report on the development goals in Latin America and the Caribbean. According to the report, the region remains on track for the 2015 deadline, but faces significant risk from the global economic and financial crisis.
United Nations, 2009.

State of the World’s Cities 2008-2009
Themed “Harmonious urbanization,” the report addresses the fact that half of humanity is now living in cities. Urban growth is most rapid in the developing world, where cities gain an average of 5 million residents each month. The report addresses issues such as “spatial, social and environmental harmony” and planning for harmonious cities.
UN Habitat, 2008.

State of World Population 2008
Themed “Reaching Common Ground: Culture, Gender and Human Rights,” this United Nations Population Fund report outlines how culture, as a fundamental part of people’s lives, must be integrated into development policy and how this process works in practice. The next State of World Population report will be launched on November 18, 2009.
UNFP 2008



Housing paradox
Part of the “Housing and Human Settlement” series, this short video explains the informal development process of low-income communities.
English with Spanish subtitles.

The PEAS principle
In this short video, Nabeel Hamdi, Profesor of Urban Development at Oxford-Brooks University, explains an innovative approach to development that supports and enables communities to provide for themselves. Part of the “Housing and Human Settlement” series.
English, no subtitles.

Virtual Trip to Capotillo
“El Capotillo” is an informal settlement in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This 13 minute video provides a window into the realities of inadequate housing—as well as the ways in which the community is working to resolve its own housing issues.
Spanish, with English subtitles.

To the rhythm of samba, walk through the infamous “Favelas”, or informal settlements, of Brazil.
Spanish text, no dialogue.


Additional videos can be found on YouTube.