SDG 11 discusses the idea that to create communities with opportunities for all, we need to provide basic services, energy, housing, transportation, economic opportunity, education, health, and much more. However, to create the conditions for vibrant communities, we must empower communities and individuals to assess their needs, map their assets, and articulate their own development priorities.
Generally, traditional philanthropy and aid have been unsuccessful in creating long-term change in Haiti. This is primarily due to a lack of funding to Haitian business and organizations, coupled with limited transparency and accountability; all severely weakening the capacity of Haitian communities to address the endemic issues inhibiting sustainable growth. To usher in real change, philanthropy must pursue an integrated rather than piecemeal approach to development. This can only be accomplished by bringing municipal leaders, civil society organizations, training institutions, academies, philanthropy and social entrepreneurs to work together – while putting Haitians in the lead.
sustainable development goal 11:
sustainable cities and communities
make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
SDG 11 targets
11.1: By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.2: By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
11.3: By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
11.4: Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
11.5: By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
11.6: By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
11.7: By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.a: Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
11.b: By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
11.c: Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials
Habitat for Humanity Haiti has been doing with the Haiti Property Law Working Group. They have just launched a new website www.landlawshaiti.org which has the downloadable versions of Manual 1 and 2, in French, English and Creole; in addition to an abstract of the key messages in Creole.