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“How to Provide Affordable Housing” Solutions Sought: Competition Sponsored by Ashoka’s Changemakers and Habitat for Humanity

August 1, 2006

BUDAPEST (European Headquarters, Aug. 1) – Innovative solutions to poverty housing are being sought – and will be rewarded: $5,000 cash to each of three winners.

In efforts to seek effective solution to poverty housing worldwide, international housing NGO Habitat for Humanity has forged a partnership with Ashoka’s Changemakers, an organization dedicated to “far-reaching social change”.

Charitable organizations, private companies, or public entities from any country may enter projects on “how to provide affordable housing” solutions for a “significant number of people, not only in the location of origin but also at the country, regional, or global level”.

The online application process will facilitate open discussions from web visitors. Deadline is August 23, but applicants are encouraged to apply earlier, for discussion which may “enhance” their application process during the voting of the online community. Applicants may be made online:

Entries will be judged on: Innovation, impact, strategy, sustainability. Leaders from the donor/funder/investor community will participate in reviewing and judging entries. Select competition finalists will be invited to present policy recommendations to the World Bank Institute and in-country policymakers via videoconferences. The Changemakers Innovation Awards series is based on a unique “open source” format by which participants compete for the best solutions to pressing social issues while collaborating to advance current initiatives.  

“With more than 1 billion people worldwide living in poverty housing conditions, we need creative approaches and solution to tackle the problem,” says Lucija Popovska, Program Director for Habitat for Humanity Europe & Central Asia. “With this competition, we hope to open dialogue for meaningful discussion, and allow a platform for voices with innovative solutions.”

Contact: Tricia Deering, Habitat for Humanity – Europe & Central Asia; phone: +361-411-2170 , email:

Competition deadline is August 23. To apply, please visit:

About Changemakers
Changemakers is an initiative of “
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public”, a global citizen sector organization that finds and supports outstanding individuals with ideas for far-reaching social change. Since it was founded in 1980, Ashoka has invested in, and elected to its fellowship, more than 1,700 social entrepreneurs in 62 countries around the world. They are fostering social change across many fields including education, health, human rights, economic development, civic participation, and the environment.

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nondenominational Christian charity dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. It has built more than 200 000 houses; more than one million people are living in Habitat homes they helped build and own through low-cost, no-profit mortgages. We have positively affected lives in 100 countries around the globe. Habitat’s Europe & Central Asia regional headquarters are in Budapest, Hungary. The ECA region is actively fundraising, building and renovating homes with families in need.