The World Habitat Awards are given to projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. The awards offer £10,000 presented to each of the two winners at the annual United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day. In addition to the awards, the winners also get international recognition.
Projects & 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.
- 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, capacity building or education.
The World Habitat Awards (WHA) competition has a two-stage entry process:
- Stage I submissions need only comprise a summary of the key aspects of the project. From these preliminary submissions, ten projects are selected by an Assessment Committee to go forward to Stage II of the competition.
- Stage II submissions are evaluated by an independent advisory group before being put to a panel of international judges, which includes the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Rector of the United Nations University, Tokyo. Evaluation visits are carried out to some of the projects prior to the final judging.