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Changing our name and identity from Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) to World Habitat has been a big change. However, it hasn’t distracted us from all our other work.

Over the past few months we have been judging and visiting projects around the world who potentially could win the World Habitat Awards 2017. It’s an incredible experience for all of us at World Habitat as we go out and meet the people who are on the ‘front-line’ applying their positive solutions and improving their living conditions. These visits help us recommend the winners to the judges at UN-Habitat.

We’re really looking forward to sharing these remarkable stories and inspiring others facing similar problems to see what’s possible and take action. As always it’s really difficult to choose between them and make recommendations to our final judges on which projects should receive the trophy at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur in February 2018.

And from January 2018 we’ll be on the hunt for new projects and solutions to put themselves forward and enter the World Habitat Awards 2018.

We’re all excited about embracing our new World Habitat identity, but there’s a lot more on the horizon. We know that answers to many of the world’s biggest housing problems are already out there. Whether it is ending homelessness, recovering from natural disasters, or simply providing decent affordable homes for ordinary people; there’s always somebody somewhere in the world who has worked out an answer and is getting on with it often unnoticed and with little fanfare. Our role is to find them and help people across the world learn from what works.


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