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  • Landslides and floods have affected many areas of Tajikistan, including near Darvaz. In addition to helping villagers locate their homes away from danger and designing affordable housing in the event of disasters, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat helps train emergency technicians detect signs of impending disasters.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Flooding caused by a mud-slide near Khorog, Tajikistan, affects many aspects of village life, including electric supplies and transport. After this flood in 2015, Pamir Energy (the local power company) installed new transmission lines higher up the mountain side.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
Resilient Housing Challenge in Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland, 13 May 2019 - The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) partnered with the “Resilient Homes Design Challenge” in a crowdsourced challenge – spearheaded by the World Bank - to design climate-resilient single-family homes costing less than US$ 10,000.

Over the last 10 years, natural disasters have caused 23 million people to become homeless – many of them poor. The challenge was in response to homelessness caused by natural disasters in low-income and disaster prone regions. 

The design challenge arose when AKAH, as a member of a panel of judges at the World Bank, helped select the challenge team winners in partnership with Build Academy, the GFDRR, Airbnb and UN-Habitat. Over 3,225 professionals from over 160 countries participated in the challenge.