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HLRN is engaged in the development of tools that are combined in a comprehensive methodology for monitoring and assessing the housing and land rights conditions at the national, local or case level. The methods are derived from HLRN member experiences. HLRN hopes that these resources will be helpful for the work of our partners and members.
Training and Monitoring Tools

Housing Rights 'Tool Kit': Methodology for Monitoring the Human Right to Adequate Housing

This methodology, or 'Tool Kit' takes the user through the logical steps of monitoring economic, social and cultural rights linked to housing, to define the elements of the right; to identify guarantees in law, policy, institutions and budgets; to assess vulnerability/victimization; to quantify costs of violations; to determine the duty holders; and to pose a menu of solutions.

The HLRN 'Tool Kit' serves as the master methodology from which more-specific tools and techniques derive. It serves as the basis for Urgent Actions, parallel reporting, housing rights training modules, budget analysis, litigation strategies and HLRN fact-finding. It also serves as the framework for network members to engage in local and international action to defend their community's human right to adequate housing and land.

Go to the Tool Kit Page

Violations Database

The HLRN Violations Database (VDB) is an interactive and participatory website feature for documenting and reviewing housing and land rights violations. The VDB offers a simplified method for managing data about violations arising from actual cases of:
(1) forced eviction;
(2) demolition;
(3) confiscation; and,
(4) privatization of public goods and services.

More on the Violations Database

Eviction Impact Assessment Tool

Housing and Land Rights Network has developed an 'eviction impact assessment tool' (EvIA Tool) that builds on the requirement in the UN Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-based Evictions and Displacement for 'eviction impact assessments' to be conducted prior to the finalization and sanction of any project. This tool aims to determine the full consequences that persons, households and communities undergo through the process of forced eviction and displacement.

The HLRN tool could be used as a mechanism to prevent evictions, and in cases where evictions have already taken place, to ensure just and adequate restitution, rehabilitation, and compensation. The tool aims to assess both material (for example loss of property and household items) and non-material (for example loss of education and healthcare) costs / losses incurred during a forced eviction. The tool can be adapted to the local situation and can be used to determine the real impacts of an eviction on individuals, families, the community and society.

This methodology can be utilized by housing and land rights defenders, legal practitioners, field researchers and/or actual victims everywhere to determine a wide range of losses and costs that typically are associated with forced evictions, but are rarely recognized or documented. The findings of the impact assessment could be used for advocacy with the government, to determine compensation and to prevent evictions, and could also be used in court to support any litigation related to the eviction.

For more information on the Tool, write to: contact@hlrn.org.in