Cities across Asia are buckling under an influx of 120,000 new people every day in a mass migration of people from rural to urban areas. The failure to house these people is creating a humanitarian crisis in slow motion, according to a new report.
Globally two people every second move from a rural area into a city — some 120,000 people a day. Almost a decade ago the world reached a milestone where more people lived in cities than in rural areas — a trend that continues to accelerate. Read this article
Ngoc Hoa, 41, and her husband Muoi, 44 live in Que An commune, Quang Nam Province, with their four children. Ngoc Hoa and Muoi together earn roughly $70 US a month. For 28 years, the family lived in their 36 square metre house. Read this article
Man Maya is 45 years old and lives in Sunsari, Nepal. She has two sons, aged 16 and 14 and one daughter, aged 18. Maya was left widowed a few years ago and with little skills and almost no education she was left almost destitute.
The plight of those struggling to afford rental accommodation is leading to ever greater demand for social housing. Alternative financing arrangements such as group collateral, used in some of the poorest countries in our region, may be something we can learn from.
When Habitat for Humanity Australia Ambassador, Angela Catterns, first met Njor, it was in the slums of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Njor lived with her children and elderly father in the only place she could afford: a small, poorly built shack.
Safe and affordable housing is a basic requirement of life, yet over a million Australian households experience housing stress. Fortunately, one charity group is doing something about it by mobilising communities, building new homes and giving people interest-free loans. Read this article