The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a biennial conference organized by Habitat for Humanity. It gathers under one roof, public, private and people sector stakeholders engaged in seeking solutions to poverty housing issues. The next Forum, the fourth, will be held in Manila from 2-4 October 2013, with the theme “Housing as a foundation for breaking the poverty cycle”.

Building on the success of the past forums, APHF 4 expects to attract over 700 participants. Discussions will focus on five tracks: (1) Making Affordable Housing Finance Work; (2) Building Resilience to Disasters & Climate Change; (3) Nurturing Shared Value and CSR Leadership in Addressing Poverty Housing Issues; (4) Strengthening Housing Policy & Advocacy; and (5) Adopting Sustainable Housing Solutions. More details on the theme and synopses of the tracks can be found on the Forum website aphousingforum.org.

The Forum is of interest to all stakeholders engaged in providing poverty housing solutions. They include policy-makers, urban planners, architects, academics, housing sector developers, NGOs, donor agencies, international organizations, researchers, and private and public sector players.


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“When you are poor, you cannot think of the future because you face eviction. But once you have secure housing, you can start to think about your welfare and that of your community. Once your house is secure, you can do a lot of things.”

Sanong Roeysungnoen, Thai community leader