World Habitat Awards for Innovative Solutions to Housing Problems – 2016/2017  (win £10,000)

Deadline: April 29, 2016

World Habitat Awards for Innovative Solutions to Housing Problems – 2016/2017


1. International recognition

2. Awards of £10,000 will be made to each of the two winning projects.

3. Trophies will also be presented to the winning projects

4. Travel and accommodation costs will be met for one representative of each winning project to attend the awards ceremony.


The World Habitat Awards were established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation as part of its contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless.

Two awards are given annually to projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems.

Every year an award of £10,000 is presented to each of the two winners at the World Urban Forum (even years) and UN-Habitat Governing Council (odd years).


  1. Individuals, organizations or government who has any innovative and practical solution to housing needs and problems from any country in the world.
  2. More than one entry can be made from an individual or organization
  3. Entries should relate to housing projects and process that either completed or in progress. Those that are in design stage or in early stage of development cannot be considered.
  4. Previous entrants can resubmit in subsequent years provided that project has been further developed in the intervening time period.

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.

All entries are assessed and up to 12 projects are shortlisted by an assessment committee. These shortlisted projects are then evaluated by an independent advisory group.

Evaluation visits are made to some of the shortlisted projects before recommendations are put forward to a panel of external judges, including the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).


You may apply here.

The World Habitat Awards website is here.

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