Build Solid Ground
funded by the European Union
By 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to double, making urbanization one of the most transformative trends of the 21st century. If managed well, it can be a powerful tool for economic development.
To talk about urban issues is a goal of 14 partners and one project – Build Solid Ground funded by the European Union. They are from seven EU countries - Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom - and will run the project for three years.
Visibility leads to accountability
Hence, we want to hold governments accountable to the commitments they made with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda – two global frameworks that form a collective blueprint for sustainable urban development for decades to come. We want to inform Europeans about these commitments, engage them to support global housing and land issues and show how our social, economic and environmental well-being depends on prosperity in the rest of the world.
What are the critical issues for people in cities?
Land rights: millions of people live in fear of losing a home since their rights to the land are not documented.
Gender equality: major gaps exist between law and practice on women’s land rights; closing these are crucial to eliminate extreme poverty.
Urbanization and slum upgrading: people move to cities for work, one out of seven lives in a slum; property rights and technology could be one of the first steps to improve urban environments.
Some partners will talk about migration and climate change as people are increasingly forced to leave their countries in search of new homes. And affected host communities are under pressure to provide decent housing solutions.
What we want to do?
Educate Europeans about global development needs and solutions for housing and land in cities.
Offer specialized non-formal learning for interested groups on land, gender equality, housing and poverty reduction and show interdependences between Europe and the Global South – the developing countries of Africa, Central and Latin America and Asia.
Motivate Europeans to volunteer and take action for housing and land rights.
Who will do it?
Other project partners:
Alaturi de Voi Foundation Romania
Dublin Institute of Technology Ireland
Engineers Without Borders Ireland
Foundation for Africa Hungary
Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia
Pro Vobis National Resource Center for Volunteerism in Romania
Slovak Center for Communications and Development
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