2019 CoHabitat Network Community-Led Habitat Award for Africa
Deadline: March 31, 2019.
In Africa, millions are faced with insecure and inadequate housing. But around the continent, there are inspiring examples of how communities are developing innovative and affordable housing solutions and upgrading their neighbourhoods sustainably.
The Community-Led Habitat Awards, an initiative of the CoHabitat Network, recognise inspiring community-driven habitat solutions from across the continent with the aim to advocate for the expansion of community-led urban development and housing.
CoHabitat Network is a network of community-led housing organisations and allies from across the world, working together to implement housing rights through collective, non-speculative, people-led solutions. We want to make community-led housing more widespread and attainable, so that communities are empowered to improve their homes, neighbourhoods and lives.
Awards will be given in the following three categories:
1. Best Project Award
Award for best community-led habitat / upgrading project.
Open to all resident-led groups or grassroots organizations working on issues of habitat and the built environment. The nominated project must be already implemented and must have resulted in changes to the built environment (e.g. housing, infrastructure, public space).
Submission Process: Create project profile on co-habitat.net; upload project information, and photos, and submit.
Selection Process: Two-step selection process:
- Shortlist of projects by committee of SDI representatives, community leaders, and academia
- Shortlisted projects will be contacted for additional info/questions if needed.
Prize: 2-3 winning projects will be invited to the CoHabitat Network regional hub hosted at the UN Habitat Governing Council, 27 – 31 May in Nairobi to present winning projects and to share experiences with peers. The winning projects will be have the chance to enter the shortlist stage of the prestigious World Habitat Awards, organized by our partner World Habitat.
2. Best Video Award
Award for best video documentation of issues related to built environment & informality.
Are you a young person living in an informal settlement? Have you made a film to draw attention to your settlement and how to overcome its challenges? Do you want to win a prize for the Best Community Activist Film and be flown to Nairobi to receive it? Then enter the 2019 Community-Led Habitat Awards ASAP!
An award for best video documentation of issues related to built environment & informality open to all Know Your City TV teams and any other and other civic media teams for documentation of issues related to the built environment and urban informality.
Submission Process: Create a partner profile on co-habitat.net for the your youth media team; upload video and link video to project profile.
Project Assessment Criteria:
- Technical quality of the production: Quality of the production in terms of sound, camerawork and editing
- Creative approach to storytelling
- Social impact: call to action or take-home message
Selection Process: The public will be able to vote for their favourite Video on co-habitat.net between April 1st and 25th.
Prize: Invitation to the CoHabitat Network regional hub hosted at the UN Habitat Governing Council, 27 – 31 May in Nairobi to present winning project and to share experiences with peers. The winning team will produce a short video during the regional hub to be shared via all CoHabitat Network digital platforms.
3. Best Partnership Award
Award for best partnership between a community-based organization of the urban poor & local government.
Organized communities of the urban poor are invited to nominate public authorities or government officials for best partnerships, policies, public programs, MoUs, upgrading projects/plans that demonstrate active community participation and partnership.
Submission Process: Create a partner profile for the federation, support NGO (and public authority) on co-habitat.net for; upload description on the Partnership.
- Community leadership: What was the degree of community participation in formulating the policy, program, MoU related to this partnership?
- Scalability: Is the partnership more of a one-time subsidy or a sustainable financial mechanism that would allow for large-scale impact?
- Replicability: Can the Partnership be replicated in other countries or cities or is it very context-specific?)
- Leverage: To what degree has this partnership leveraged additional resources for the community, e.g. technical support, land, funds for housing / upgrading projects, etc.
- Impact: What has the impact of this partnership been to date on the lived experience / built environment of the urban poor?
- Political independence: Is the Partnership dependent on a particular political setting, government official, or momentum, or is it formalised to the extent that it can they be sustained through political changes?
Selection Process: A committee of SDI representatives, community leaders, and academia will assess the submitted Partnerships.
Prize: Invitation to UN Habitat Governing Council, 27 – 31 May in Nairobi, and to CoHabitat Network regional hub to present winning project and to share experiences with peers. The winning partnerships will be featured in a short video produced during the event by SDI’s winning media / KYC.TV team.