AHA (Affordable Housing Activation) is a platform created with the aim of ensuring that all people have the right to decent housing, as stated in the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights and the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
In this article, we tell you what AHA is, the objectives of this global platform to improve access to decent housing and the methodology used.
Access to adequate and decent housing is a universal right, however, globally it has become a problem for various reasons: economic and social situation, etc. Because of this, AHA emerges as a way to seek solutions, since the right to decent housing is a collective responsibility.
The platform is organized by the International Union of Architects (UIA), the Higher Council of Architects Associations of Spain (CSCAE), the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, the Madrid City Council and the Architects Association of Madrid.
This platform is part of the UIA 2022 International Forum, the first global movement that contributes to improving access to housing that, in addition to being decent, adequate and affordable, must also be designed for sustainability, health and quality. In this way, basic services and infrastructure can be guaranteed.
In order to be able to develop personally and guarantee the dignity of people, it is necessary that they can afford adequate housing, that is, housing that not only offers a roof and a wall, but a private and safe space with basic infrastructure, as well as basic services such as water and electricity.
AHA is a space to identify and analyze the walls that prevent people from being able to afford adequate housing and to learn and share the experience in different situations. Thanks to this analysis, certain actions are facilitated that contribute to having more opportunities to access housing. And all this with the collective work carried out by experts and multilevel organizations.
AHA's methodology is based on the use of tools that help in decision making, and always from an integrated cross-cutting vision. Thanks to institutional sustainability, it is collected, classified and synthesized. Actions are minimized, contents are reused and what is used is reactivated.
AHA's work plan
Its work plan is divided in two: on the one hand, in the conceptual part and, on the other hand, in the programmatic part.
It is based on the definition of housing in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the United Nations, on the analysis of housing from the economic, social and cultural points of view and on the context and barriers to access decent housing.
A study of barriers and needs is conducted, data analysis and visualization is done, successful cases are studied and contextualized, proposals for future solutions are discussed, strategic alliances are created and maximum ambition is aimed for.
AHA is a call to action to curb the difficulty of access to affordable housing and seek solutions that involve all actors so that they can guarantee results in a given period. The platform seeks real and global answers, as it understands housing affordability as a universal basic right and an urgent challenge.
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