New global advocacy campaign to ensure equitable access to adequate homes for informal settlement residents
Housing is an infrastructure for well-being and sustainability. Equitable access to adequate housing can:
generate a direct impact of as much as 10.5% economic growth.
prevent more than 730,000 deaths globally per year.
increase expected years of schooling by as much as 28%.
Using a unique modeling methodology, a first-of-its kind report by Habitat for Humanity and its research partner the International Institute for Environment and Development found that improving housing in informal settlements in Asia-Pacific countries could result in:
an increase in GDP of up to 7.25% in countries such as Bangladesh, by as much as 3.3% in countries such as Fiji, and up to 10.5% in countries such as Myanmar;
an increase in life expectancy rate of up to 1.7% in countries such as Cambodia and Nepal, and as much as 1.2% in countries such as Thailand; and
up to a one-year increase in the mean years of schooling for countries such as India and Indonesia, and 1.35 years in countries such as the Philippines.
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Home Equals research report
Improving informal settlements can increase a country’s economic development, income, health and education outcomes, as shown in the in-depth, data-driven report released by Habitat for Humanity and our research partner, the International Institute for Environment and Development.