IHC Publishes 2nd Paper on Gender and Property Rights

January 2015

This week the IHC officially published a new paper focusing on practical steps to expand the rights of women to own land and property in the developing world. The paper expands on a 2012 paper to present a background on the issue as well as specific ideas on how to address the challenges. The paper also gives short case studies of successful programs from around the world.


“The Road to Dignity by 2030:” Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s Analysis of the Development of the Post-2015 Agenda

December 28,2014

Guest Post by Chris Vincent, Sr. Director, Congressional Relations/International Affairs, Habitat for Humanity International

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon released his much anticipated Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda, entitled “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet” on December 4, 2014. The report was intended to integrate all inputs into the Post-2015 Agenda thus far, including proposals, discussions, and expert consultations that have taken place over the course of the last two years, into one comprehensive and succinct report. Prior to the Synthesis Report, the Open Working Group’s (OWG) Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals, released in June of 2014, had set the stage for Post-2015 discussions, and it was expected that the Secretary General’s Synthesis Report would weigh in on the 17 goals and 169 targets laid out in the OWG’s proposal, which is substantially more than the 8 goals of the current Millennium Development Goals. See the previous blog post on the OWG’s “zero draft” report.


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Paul Simon Water for the World Act Moves in Congress

December, 2014

The past several weeks have been exciting for those who have long advocated for the passing of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act. After several delays earlier this year, the bill was marked up and passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee late in November, with advance agreement both by the administration and Senate leaders. This agreement was the crucial sticking point holding the legislation from moving forward, but final negotiations allowed for an identical bill to be introduced into the Senate as well. Markup by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled for Thursday December 4th. While these are encouraging steps, there is still work to be done to ensure the final passage of the bill. Should it pass through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the full House and Senate will need to approve the bill and then have it signed by President Obama, all before the end of the year. The IHC remains committed to ensuring that these steps succeed. Continue to check back for more updates.


World Habitat Day Event

November, 2014

On October 6th, the IHC, in partnership with the Washington chapter of the Society for International Development, hosted an event in honor of World Habitat Day and drawing attention to the universal need for safe and adequate shelter and to encourage action to end poverty housing. The IHC event focused on housing solutions in Haiti, as the 5-year anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake approaches.

Panelists from Habitat for Humanity International, Global Communities, the Pan American Development Foundation and Development Innovations Group presented on a variety of housing and neighborhood upgrading projects, from working to rebuild houses, roads and community spaces, to providing non-traditional finance mechanisms for residents to rebuild and improve on housing themselves.


IHC Applauds Sustainable Cities Goal in Open Working Group Recommendations

July 2014

A new global development agenda is currently being negotiated at the United Nations. This new framework is expected to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were agreed upon by the UN in 2000 and are set to expire in 2015. These MDGs have been broadly successful in creating a global blueprint of goals and targets to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.

The IHC has been an active supporter of an urban-focused Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and we are very pleased to learn that the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development (OWG) has included an urban goal in their final recommendations released this week. We are particularly happy that the very first target under the goal to “‘make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” is to “ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services, and upgrade slums,” by 2030.


IHC Highlights Slums, Women and Water at the 7th World Urban Forum

April 2014

IHC CEO Barbara McMurray represented the IHC at the 7th World Urban Forum (WUF) in Medellin, Columbia, as part of the U.S. Delegation in April 2014. The Forum, sponsored by UN Habitat brought together government officials, the private sector and civil society from around the world to discuss issues related to urbanization and cities.

The IHC was selected to present several exciting events that were very well attended and generated lively discussion.


IHC Publishes 2013 Annual Report

March 2014

The IHC 2013 Annual Report is now available online. The report covers the fiscal year October 2012 through September 2013 and highlights the organization’s successes for the year. The IHC elected three new board members and welcomed eight new members. We worked closely with USAID as it developed a new urban strategy, advocated for housing and urban development to be included in the post-2015 development agenda, and sponsored the 4th annual Urban Poverty Essay competition. Read the full report here.


IHC Sponsoring 5th Annual Urban Essay Competition

February 2014

The IHC is pleased to be sponsoring the 5th Annual Urban Poverty Essay Competition, in partnership with USAID, the World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center and Cities Alliance. Each year this competition calls on current masters and PhD students to submit papers on topics relating to urban poverty in the developing world. This year’s topics are: Cities and Climate Change, Urban Resiliency, Inclusive Cities, and Impacts of the Informal Economy.