Overview

The Global Housing Indicators (GHI) collect reliable, objective, comparable information on the policy environment for adequate and affordable housing.  An extensive assessment tool, the GHI include information on the policies and practices under which housing in a country is (or is not) owned, rented, financed, subsidized, serviced, regulated, planned and built.

The GHI provide evidence for action – a basis for advocates to engage with national and local officials to embrace policies that work and change those that impede progress.  Use this Web site to find a holistic picture of housing policies currently in place.  This information can help inform debate and determine how well these policies contribute to providing access to adequate and affordable housing, especially for the poor. 

The GHI effort is active and ongoing, and we hope you will participate in the process.  We understand that a single assessment, no matter how comprehensive, is not sufficient without discussion, verification, and even disagreement on how policies are captured and described.  We invite you to explore and engage with the GHI. 

The GHI arose from a growing recognition among housing practitioners that a standard format was needed for collecting and analyzing housing policies across cities and countries.  Primarily based on the work of Shlomo Angel and previous efforts by the World Bank and UN-HABITAT, Habitat for Humanity International developed a research agenda that prioritized the need to measure global housing performance and policies and engaged partners to help assess results.     

A timeline of the history of the housing indicators work follows: 

For more information about GHI, please read Global Housing Indicators: Evidence for Action. 

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