2012 Hungarian Housing Poverty report

In June, Habitat for Humanity Hungary released its annual report on the situation of housing poverty in Hungary. This is the second study on the topic, the first one was launched in June last year. The 2012 report aims to assess housing problems and trends based on available data and analyze policy developments over the past year, from the time of the first report.

The situation with housing poverty in the country has not improved since the 2011 report. Negative trends continue as more people live in poverty and the number of people in insecure and inadequate homes is on the rise, too. National socio-economic and policy measures continue to lag behind. Typically, these measures fail to serve the most disadvantaged parts society and provide only limited responses to problems that affect many people.

To see the full report and info graphics of the housing data download the PDF document.

Elevating housing in the post-2015 dialogue

In 2000, more than 150 heads of state signed the United Nations Millennium Declaration. This unprecedented document provided a common vision for poverty reduction and set the stage for the creation of the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs. For the first time, a framework existed with specific and measurable indicators to guide development globally.

The MDGs were given a 15-year timeline, creating a sense of urgency and meaning. With less than three years until the MDGs expire, the there is movement toward creating a “post-2015” development agenda.

Because of the importance of and dire need for adequate housing around the world, it is critical that the post-2015 development agenda elevates housing as a key issue.

Habitat for Humanity has prepared a position paper advocating for the inclusion of housing indicators in the new MDS. Habitat’s scope and reach on the issue of adequate housing means the organization is well-positioned to participate in the creation of the post-2015 development agenda. The organization operates in nearly 80 countries and is one of the largest facilitators of housing solutions for those in need.

While the paper’s scope is limited to housing, Habitat recognizes the critical role other issues play and supports a comprehensive global development agenda.

To see the full text of the paper, please check the PDF file.

Habitat contributes to the civil society Roma reports

In June 2013, the Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat released the civil society monitoring reports on the implementation of National Roma Integration Strategies and Decade of Roma Inclusion National Action Plans.

In the reports, civil society coalitions supplement or present alternative information to Decade Progress Reports submitted by participating governments in the Decade of Roma Inclusion and to any reports submitted by state parties to the European Commission on implementation of their national strategies. This report is not meant to substitute for monitoring and quantitative evaluation by state authorities but to channel civil society knowledge into national and European policy processes and reflect on the quality and outcomes of government measures.

The recommendation part of the reports encourages a focus on the four areas where EU leaders signed up to common goals for Roma integration: access to education, employment, healthcare and housing. For putting together the targeted actions, it is important to allocate not only EU but national, private and third sector funds to Roma inclusion.

Habitat for Humanity contributed its expertise by verifying housing sections of the country submissions and advised on the report from Hungary.

You can read the full report here.

Cities: the battle ground for sustainable housing

A new way of approaching urbanization is desperately needed, writes an expert at Habitat for Humanity International.

Wealth accumulated in cities after WWII has contributed to the expansion of the middle class. Cities have offered us many improved opportunities such as health and education. Today, the ongoing economic crisis is derailing a lot of these achievements. Rapid urbanisation in the developing world is also posing problems without offering effective solutions.

A guest column by Lucija Popovska, director of programs for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Habitat for Humanity International appeared in July at the Information Daily. See the full text.