Established in 1985, the annual World Habitat Awards issue a prize of £10,000 and an award to two projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. The awards are presented at an annual UN-Habitat global event.
Projects should focus on affordable and adequate housing, be in progress or have been completed in the last ten years, and have been designed and/or delivered in close collaboration with the residents/local community. Additionally, housing projects and approaches are sought that:
- Demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries all around the world.
- Can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate.
- Are already being implemented or are completed, ie not at design stage or very early stages of development.
- View the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, health benefits, capacity building or education.
Any individual, organisation or government who has an innovative and practical solution to housing needs and problems from any country of the world can apply. More than one entry can be made by the same individual or organisation. Previous entrants can re-submit providing that the project has been further developed in the intervening time period.
All entries are assessed and up to 12 projects are shortlisted by an assessment committee. Shortlisted projects are then evaluated by an independent advisory group.
The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2019.
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