The India edition of the 7th Asia Pacific Housing Forum (APHF7) was hosted on 18th and 19th July 2019 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi with the theme ‘Powering Collaboration for Housing Ecosystem’. 344 delegates and 78 speakers gathered together to discuss solutions to the critical issues of affordable housing, sanitation and disaster response.
Mr. K. Chakravarthy, General Manager, National Housing Bank, Mr. Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat India and Ms. Vimla Devi, Habitat homeowner launched the India Housing Coalition to create collaborative space for stakeholders by promoting convergence of resources and skills.
Habitat India launched the Umbrella Campaign with Maryam Mujahid from Good Samaritan School, New Delhi. Maryam spoke eloquently about the campaign’s 5P agenda (Protect, Pack, Plan, Proceed and Place) covering the 5 things one should do when a disaster strikes.
A highlight of APHF7 was the Habitat for Humanity India Innovation and Impact Awards 2019 in recognition of individuals and institutions who have brought lasting social impact through innovation in housing, sanitation and disaster response.
“Homes are not just concrete structures. They hold dreams and desires. Our homes must incubate people’s dreams and aspirations.” - Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India