The Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) has been operating as an independent think tank in South Africa since May 2014, pursuing its mission of making Africa’s housing finance markets work. It grew out of the housing finance theme of the FinMark Trust, where its research and advocacy programme began in 2003. CAHF’s work extends across the continent, and it is supported by and collaborates with a range of funders and partners.
CAHF brings information to the market place to enable stakeholders in the public and private sector to make policy and investment decisions in favour of improved access to affordable housing. Our emphasis is on the role that finance plays in realising this, and we champion market intelligence—data, market analytics and research—to stimulate investor interest and to support better policy. We are highly networked and engage with stakeholders at the local, national, regional, continental and global levels to support the realisation of investment towards affordable housing in Africa.
Vision: An enabled affordable housing finance system in countries throughout Africa, where governments, business and practitioners work together to provide a wide range of housing options accessible to all.
Mission: To make Africa’s housing finance markets work, with special attention to access to housing finance for the poor, through the dissemination of research and market intelligence, the provision of strategic support, and ongoing engagement in both the public and the private sector; supporting increased investment, cross-sector collaborations and a market-based approach.
Goal: To see an increase of investment in affordable housing and housing finance throughout Africa—more players and better products, with a specific focus on the poor.
All of CAHF’s work is directed at shifting investor interest towards the much larger market of the emerging middle class in urban areas across Africa, and using this to champion both improved housing conditions and economic growth, while also addressing inequality with the asset potential that housing offers.
CAHF is also the Secretariat to the African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF).