Housing poverty in India
- 738,850 people served in 2016
- 5,156 volunteers in 2016
- Projects: affordable housing, disaster response, WaSH
Among the largest Habitat operations in the Asia-Pacific region, our local team now works across 20 states and has helped hundreds of thousands gain access to decent shelter as well as rebuild their lives following natural disasters.
With the help of thousands of volunteers and experts, our India office has to date been responsible for:
By 2019, we plan to reach out to another 500,000 low-income families with improved housing solutions, clean water and safe sanitation as well as post-disaster reconstruction.
The world’s largest democracy, India has seen rapid economic growth and made progress toward achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals.
Income inequality remains a challenge though the poverty rate has been declining.
World Bank data showed the national poverty rate has fallen from 37% in 2005 to 21.9% in 2012.
However since the country’s population is growing quickly the absolute number of people living in poverty in India has actually increased, not to mention that many contest the definition of the Indian poverty line itself.
To meet the country’s vision of a home for all by 2022, India will need to build an additional 110 million housing units.
This figure includes the current shortfall of 60 million units, according to a study conducted by National Real Estate Development Council and KPMG.
Given the immense need for adequate housing in the country, we launched the “India BUILDS” campaign to engage donors, supporters and volunteers in our operations.
With more than half a billion people practising open defecation in the country, our “Sensitise to Sanitise” campaign aims to address this problem by improving access to sanitation facilities (toilets, water and educational campaigns around hygiene)
Voluntary labour for our housing and disaster response projects comes from international teams under the Global Village programme and from international or local schools.