World Habitat Awards 2019


World Habitat Awards recognise and highlight innovative, outstanding and sometimes revolutionary housing ideas, projects and programmes from across the world.

More than 250 outstanding World Habitat Awards projects have been recognised over the years, demonstrating substantial, lasting improvements in living conditions.

Each year two winners receive £10,000 each and a trophy, presented at a global UN-Habitat event. The 2019 World Habitat Awards are now open for entries.

Entries to the 2019 competition can be made from 1 January 2019.

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).

How are the winners chosen?

Each year we receive submissions to the World Habitat Awards covering a whole range of different things. We carefully review each one so we understand:

  • What problem is being solved?
  • Who are the beneficiaries?
  • How is this work making a difference to people by improving their housing situation and rights?

When we compare submissions we look at:


What has the project achieved?

Housing Rights

Has the project improved lives? Has it helped to meet the right to safe, secure housing, particularly for people with few choices?


What makes this project different? Is it doing pioneering work in a particularly challenging context, or using a new or little-used approach to housing?


Is the project capable of continuing over the long term? Are the impacts of the project sustained after it has been completed? Does it consider how it works with the environment, people and society?


Can this idea or approach be used to solve similar problems elsewhere?


Is this tackling an issue which is particularly current, urgent or neglected?

Closing date: 31 March 2019

Apply here!