Within the framework of the MENA Housing Forum, the Innovation Awards competition seeks to promote and celebrate innovative approaches to improve housing conditions for low-income households at scale.
The Awards further seek to demonstrate the importance of strategic collaboration, specifically multi-sectoral People-Public-Private-Partnerships that foster innovations.
With the support of our sponsor, the Hilti Foundation, the focus of the Awards will be on rewarding initiatives that address real needs and provide affordable, disaster-resilient, inclusive, and sustainable housing solutions across the MENA region.
Applicants to the Awards may apply to any one of the three categories described below, depending on the characteristics of their initiative.
This category focuses on policies across all government level that help to reduce housing deficit while taking into considerations the specific needs of minorities, vulnerable and marginalized populations.
Applicants should showcase ground-breaking innovations in housing policy that create a more enabling environment for affordable housing and provide best practices to inspire housing policy around the world.
This category focuses on practices by civil society, public private partnerships, or private entities/actors that help to improve communities and settlements, and increase access to affordable housing for the disadvantaged segments of society.
Applications should showcase advances in adequate and affordable housing solutions along the housing continuum with the potential for scale-up, to result in a material reduction in the housing deficit and improved living conditions of low-income households.
This category focuses on technological innovations (product & services) from the private sector that provide practical solutions to affordable and/or sustainable, resilient housing challenges, and can be commercially scaled and replicated to increase impact on low-income households and communities.
Applications should showcase housing design and construction innovations led by the private sector where new housing technologies improve the development of affordable, sustainable, and/or resilient housing at scale.
Check out Innovation Awards finalists and winners from previous Habitat for Humanity housing forums: