Innovation Awards

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Congratulations to the top 12 finalists

We are happy to announce the top 12 finalists for the 2021 Asia-Pacific Housing Forum Innovation Awards. After an intensive review of more than 50 submissions, the following initiatives have emerged tops in each of the three award categories.


Sponsored by The Hilti Foundation, this category aims to seek and promote technology innovations (product & services) led by the private sector. Priority was given to technologies that provide practical solutions to affordable housing challenges and can be commercially scaled, to increase impact on low-income households and communities.
Build Up Nepal
Low-cost Disaster Resilient Housing
Build up Nepal Engineering
Biomimicry based Sewage Treatment Solution
ECOSTP Technologies Pvt Ltd
Sampangan Prefabricated Carbon Building System
Technology to Resist Blown-off Roof
Hoang Bao Gia Construction and Consulting Co., Ltd

Public Policies

This category promotes innovative public policies across all levels of government that help to reduce the housing deficit while taking into consideration specific needs of minorities, vulnerable and marginalized populations. Special consideration was given to new policies aimed at driving economic growth via the construction of decent housing, fostering people, private and public partnerships, and addressing the impact of COVID-19.
Balai Berde
National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation
Chief Minister’s Slum Development Program 'BASERA’
Department of Local Government, Government of Punjab
Odisha Liveable Habitat Mission aka JAGA Mission – Phase 2
The Housing & Urban Development Department of Government of Odisha
Development of affordable low income mortgage market
Pakistan Mortgage Refinance Company

Inspirational Practices

Sponsored by Whirlpool, this category recognized practices originated by public or public-private partnerships, which contribute to improved communities and settlements and increased access to affordable housing for the most disadvantaged segments of society Innovative practices will be evaluated within the framework of (SDG) 11 “sustainable cities and communities”.
Jeevan Bikas
Campaign for land ownership for affordable house construction
Jeevan Bikas
A bamboo social enterprise
Kawayan Collective
Roofing Loan
LaRaksha Social Impact Trust
Social Housing
Transitional Social Housing Project: Construction and Social Service
The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
Hong Kong
At the virtual grand premiere on December 1, 2021, the 12 finalists will present their ideas to a jury panel and an audience who will join the event online and cast their votes. In each category, a winner shall be chosen and will receive US$5,000 to expand their project or initiative. There will also be one winner for the Sustainable Consumption and Production Award sponsored by the housing forum’s co-organizer, SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility.

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The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum Innovation Awards promotes innovations in affordable housing solutions across multiple sectors to decrease the housing deficit. The awards seek to demonstrate the importance of strategic collaboration that fosters innovations, especially through people-public-private partnerships. The focus of these awards will be to promote and reward initiatives that address a real need and provide affordable, disaster-resilient, inclusive, and sustainable solutions with an added lens of post-pandemic considerations.


3 Big Winners (1 per category) get a cash prize of USD 5000

1 Special Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Award sponsored by the EU SWITCH-Asia
to be given to one of the Top 12 innovators scoring highest in the sustainability criteria.

Top 12 finalists (4 per category) will:
1. Pitch their initiatives at the Grand Premiere on December 1, 2021.
2. Get their promotional videos displayed during the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum events
3. Be featured on the APHF website
Submissions will be reviewed by a jury comprised of influential stakeholders in the field of affordable, resilient housing, including representatives from our sponsors The Hilti Foundation, Whirlpool, EU SWITCH-Asia and Habitat for Humanity. Previous winners from the 2019 Innovation Awards will also be included in the jury panels.
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