About: Improving live­abil­ity of Small Houses, an OPEN IDEAS National COMPETITION 2018, or­gan­ised by Habitat Forum (INHAF) and sup­ported by GRUH Finance

About Habitat fo­rum (INHAF)

Habitat fo­rum (INHAF) is a net­work aim­ing to bring to­gether, on a shared plat­form, NGOs, civic groups and com­mu­ni­ties; de­sign, plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment pro­fes­sion­als; pro­fes­sional train­ing in­sti­tu­tions and young stu­dents work­ing in the hu­man set­tle­ment de­vel­op­ment field with a spe­cial in­ter­est in ur­ban and rural hous­ing for the low in­come groups; par­tic­i­pa­tory plan­ning and in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment; poverty re­duc­tion; liv­able, peo­ple cen­tered, poor sen­si­tive and en­vi­ron­ment friendly cities and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

INHAF is con­ceived as an all India plat­form to fa­cil­i­tate and pro­mote in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge ex­change, ex­pe­ri­ence shar­ing, lat­eral learn­ing and joint ac­tion among the part­ners and stake­hold­ers. Capacity building and en­hanc­ing im­pact po­ten­tial of the non-gov­ern­men­tal ac­tors, the cit­i­zen sec­tor, for greater con­tri­bu­tion to bet­ter poli­cies, pro­grammes and in­sti­tu­tion de­vel­op­ment are INHAFs core ob­jec­tives. INHAF is com­mit­ted to work­ing in part­ner­ship with sim­i­larly ori­ented and mo­ti­vated in­di­vid­u­als, groups, agen­cies and in­sti­tu­tions in search for bet­ter re­sponses and so­lu­tions.

Designed to cover both ur­ban and rural set­tle­ments and com­mit­ted to func­tion in a par­tic­i­pa­tory and de­cen­tral­ized man­ner, INHAFs cur­rent ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude:

  • What has Pune and Ahmedabad done to house their poor in the past 10 years?

  • Engaging with all 9 Smart City Project in Maharashtra and other states through a na­tion­wide coali­tion.

  • Engaging with the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) /HfA mis­sion through a na­tion­wide coali­tion.

  • Assessing CSR im­pact on NGO works.

  • Developing method­ol­ogy on Poor defin­ing poverty line in Pune city as a bot­tom up ap­proach to un­der­stand­ing poverty.

  • Study of BRTS in Pune and Ahmedabad from a user and stake­holder per­spec­tive.

About GRUH Finance Limited (GRUH)

GRUH Finance Limited (GRUH) is a hous­ing fi­nance com­pany es­tab­lished in 1986 with its reg­is­tered of­fice at Ahmedabad. GRUH pri­mar­ily pro­vides long term home loans for pur­chase, con­struc­tion, and ren­o­va­tion of houses and op­er­ates in 11 states through its 194 branches.

The Jury

  • MARINA JOSEPH, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA), Mumbai

  • CHITRANJAN KAUSHIK, EcoFirst Servies

  • ASHOK B LALL, Ashok B Lall Architects

  • RAHUL MEHROTRA, RMA Architects

  • LAXMI NARAYAN, Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), Pune

  • AJAY NAYAK, Educated Environments (EdEn) and The Indigenous part­ner­ship (TIP)

  • JAXAY SHAH, President, The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI)

  • KIRTEE SHAH, Habitat Forum (INHAF)

  • Civil Society Magazine: Civil Society is an in­de­pen­dent mag­a­zine pub­lished from New Delhi. Launched in 2003, to tell sto­ries of of change from across the chaotic land­scape of post-re­forms India.

  • IFJ: India Furniture Journal (IFJ) is a pub­li­ca­tion on fur­ni­ture, in­te­ri­ors and de­sign , with a strong busi­ness fo­cus, bridg­ing the gap be­tween India and the global com­mu­nity.

  • Inside Outside: INSIDE OUTSIDE is India’s first, and fore­most monthly mag­a­zine on in­te­rior de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture. Launched in 1978, the mag­a­zine fo­cuses on well de­signed in­te­ri­ors, res­i­den­tial or com­mer­cial.

Online Media Partners

  • Architexturez South Asia: Architexturez South Asia since 1999, ag­gre­gates ideas and propo­si­tions con­cern­ing phys­i­cal space and the re­lated dis­ci­plines in the sub­con­ti­nent. It doc­u­ments processes, crit­i­cal texts and nomo­thetic cases rep­re­sent­ing con­di­tions ob­tained in South Asia.