Author: Martin Thomas, Habitat for Humanity Australia CEO The Federal Government has been criticised for its deep cuts to the foreign aid budget. Yet there is one aspect of the program’s overhaul that should be lauded and which could significantly increase the scale and impact Australia has in the Asia Pacific region.
Australian companies could play a key role in tackling a critical housing crisis across Asia, according to Habitat for Humanity Australia.
At Habitat for Humanity, we’re excited to announce that TV personalities Adam and Lisa are joining our Global Village Everest Build in November!
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.
Australians who visit or volunteer in orphanages overseas are at risk of being ripped-off and are fuelling a thriving new industry that is exploiting children.
Asia is facing a shelter crisis as its population continues to grow with 500 million people already living in slums. That figure is set to grow to a staggering 840 million people by the end of the decade, according to Habitat for Humanity Australia.
The first permanent houses have been built in Tacloban City, proof that corporate and private aid works. Australian-funded houses are among the very first permanent houses to be completed, seven months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines.