Advocating for effective housing policies
on a global level
We live in the era of “big data.” Used wisely, data can predict the next outbreak of the flu, optimize business processes, provide real-time traffic conditions and even combat crime. But what if we told you that data also could promote sustainable housing and community development?
That’s precisely what the Global Housing Indicators Working Group aims to do. After two decades of collecting and analyzing housing-related data, Habitat for Humanity International has joined other urban development experts to create the GHI Working Group, which officially launched at the seventh World Urban Forum held in April in Medellin, Colombia.
The GHI Working Group collects information about housing policies around the world one city at a time to provide a holistic view of housing policy by measuring property rights, gender equality, infrastructure, land tenure, housing subsidies, informal housing, housing prices and finance.
This data, which has now been collected from more than 30 major cities around the world, helps determine what policies provide the best environment for adequate and affordable housing.
The GHI Working Group is a collaborative effort of Cities Alliance, Habitat for Humanity International, the Inter-American Development Bank, UN-Habitat and the World Bank, supported by Global Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, among others.
Measuring and building are intimately connected; who hasn’t heard the old adage “measure twice and cut once”? Applying this wisdom on an international level, Habitat uses GHI to advocate for smart, effective housing policies around the world.