The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a biennial conference organized by Habitat for Humanity International. The forum gathers under one roof, public, private and people sector stakeholders engaged in seeking solutions to poverty housing issues. Since inception, the event has brought together over 1,400 policy makers, business and academic leaders and representatives of civil society from 52 countries. This year’s forum, the fourth, will be held in the Philippines on 2-4 October 2013 with the theme “Housing as a Foundation for Breaking the Poverty Cycle.”

Forum Objectives

The Fourth Asia Pacific Housing Forum (APHF4) seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Raise awareness in Asia-Pacific about the benefits and outcomes of providing housing to underprivileged families (housing is not just a roof, it breaks the poverty cycle)
  • Collaborate with other likeminded partners to advance the cause of adequate, affordable housing
  • Showcase creative market approaches & innovative solutions that increase products, services & financing for affordable housing
  • Promote policies & systems that advance access to adequate, affordable housing

Theme: Housing as a foundation for breaking the poverty cycle in Asia Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is home to some of the world’s fastest growing countries and is the only bright spot propping up a dim, fragile global economy. Yet, 500 million people, or one in eight, still live in slums on the continent according to United Nations estimates, and the figure is expected to grow. This housing crisis will be exacerbated in the coming years by climate change and population increase as the number of people will continue to surge from the current four billion to five billion by 2050, based on Asian Development Bank projections. Compounding the problem is rapid urbanization, which is drawing more people to urban areas to compete for jobs, public services and shelter. These combined factors create challenges for decision-makers in the region to find solutions for people lacking decent and affordable housing.

The multi-dimensional nature of poverty housing requires government, businesses and civil society working in unison to explore creative ideas, processes, products and services to improve the choices for those seeking decent and affordable housing. Housing is a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty. Families living in safe and decent homes see improvements in health and well-being.

Forum Tracks



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