Housing & land

Shelter is a fundamental human right, but it’s a right that is denied to many. It is estimated that one out of every seven people live in a slum or squatter settlement without adequate water, sanitation or public services. The problem is being compounded by mass migration from rural to urban areas, as well as by population growth within cities – particularly in low-income countries. Cities in developing countries are expected to absorb 95% of urban population growth in the next two decades, and city populations are growing by more than 200,000 new inhabitants each day. At current rates, 1.4 billion people could be living in slums by 2020.

See also Aid and The global economy.