Our HaLI project in Cambodia stood out from among 3,100 entries! It was one of 6 finalists for the Innovation Award in the "Civil Society Impact on Housing" category, presented by ESCAP*, a United Nations regional commission, as part of the 8th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-8) being held this week in South Korea.
This urban forum is organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)*, a United Nations intergovernmental platform that promotes cooperation between its 53 member states to find solutions to sustainable development issues. From October 23 to 25, 2023, in Suwon, South Korea, it welcomes governments, public and private organizations and civil society to engage in dialogue, present, train, showcase work and establish partnerships.
At the end of the Forum, ESCAP publishes a report with UN-Habitat that assesses the state of urbanization in the Asia-Pacific region and provides strategic orientations.
As part of the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum, the Innovation Awards, held on October 26 and 27, recognize "outstanding initiatives, programs and solutions that are making a difference in housing, that are making a difference in the way communities improve the places they call home".
Our HaLI project, which aims to improve housing and living conditions in Phnom Penh's precarious neighborhoods, is in the final running for an award in the "Civil Society Impact on Housing" category. Indeed, as part of a global approach, this project involves the residents concerned and helps them to identify their economic, social, housing and urban infrastructure problems, and then to find individual and collective solutions. Last year, for example, we distributed 43 home renovation kits, 115 urban agriculture kits and provided social support for 96 families.
Already rewarded in 2020 by the World Habitat Awards, we hope that our expertise and people's commitment will be recognized again in a few hours' time. Feel free to follow us on Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram to find out the results!