advocatioing for adequate housing and habitat
Engaging relevant stakeholders through advocacy

housing and habitat
Decent and Affordable housing for All!

women's day campaign
Supporting grass-root organisations

Speaking on behalf of the
silent,Grace Mtonga Civic Forum
on Housing and Habitat Zambia,
Director during the Almedalen 2015

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"Advocating for decent, affordable and adequate housing for Poor and Marginalised people in Zambia"

Our Vision

To have a Zambia with decent, adequate and affordable housing for all.

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Strategic Objectives

To strengthen Civil Society involvement in lobby.

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Our Mission

To be a platform of Civil Society
Organizations.

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ADVOCACY

SUPPORTING GRASSROOT NGOs

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INFORMATION PROVISION

FORWARD PLANNING OF BOTH THE URBAN AND RURAL AREAS OF ZAMBIA WILL ENHANCE COORDINATED DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS BE INCLUSIVE TO ENSURE EVERY ZAMBIAN HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS LAND. CFHHZ LOOKS FORWARD TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING ACT - 2015 WHICH WILL HAVE ALL AREAS WELL PLANNED.
The right to housing is a fundamental right which continues to elude the marginalized and vulnerable groups in Zambia due to the inadequate housing market which technically excludes them. The current housing stock on the market has only benefited the upper income bracket of the country’s economic ladder. These are the few who access services and decent shelter. The remaining 70% of the urban population live in squalor. The main driver for the current deprivation to social services and adequate shelter are numerous. These include the absence of policies to guide urban growth, the high land purchase and service costs as well as high cost of building materials. It is also common knowledge that urbanization in Zambia is ahead of planning and land is managing itself due to high demand. We have continued to witness a fast urban sprawl with many living in environments that do not support human habitation. The New Urban Agenda recognizes the need to promote, protect and ensure the full and progressive realization of the rights to adequate housing for all.
The right to housing can only be achieved through effective and efficient policy formulation and implementation which places the needs of vulnerable and marginalized groups at the center. Zambia is currently developing policies in the housing and land sector which will guide development. These policies will require monitoring and financing which is sufficient to support the policy objectives. The housing sector has continued to receive low budget allocations insufficient to build housing that would benefit all the income groups. .
The attainment of the aspirations of the New Urban Agenda and Zambia’s vision 2030 can only be realized if all stakeholders work together. Government to provide an enabling policy environment and enforce all the building and urban development statutes and communities adhering to laid down development procedures. The absence of forward planning has contributed to the creation of a chaotic situation of inclusion and exclusion. Those that have the resources can build and access land anywhere, but for the poor and marginalized, they will squeeze themselves anywhere they find land. This has led to the destruction of many forests, marshlands and the general flora and fauna.
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Civic Forum on Housing and Habitat Zambia (CFHH) is a national network of civil society and community based organisations with a total of 26 network member organizations involved in Housing and Habitat issues in Zambia.

If you would like to join us in the working towards improving access to land and adequate housing for all, especially the poor and marginalised people of Zambia, or if you simply want more information, please contact us.

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