Housing Finance in Congo, Republic of the

Overview

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The Republic of Congo is a Central African oil-producing nation on the banks of the Congo River. It is one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s most urbanised countries. Between 65% and 70% of its population live in urban areas, mostly in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire.  This constitutes an asset in terms of the implementation of development policies and a handicap in terms of the pressure on land, development of basic infrastructure, and access. In urban areas, including the capital Brazzaville, housing challenges include the continuous building of houses in areas unsuitable for human habitation (flood and landslide zones), poor service delivery, and lack of basic services. Accessing neighborhoods built in high-risk areas due to poor roads is also a problem, alongside a huge housing deficit, and weak implementation of the urban renewal policy.

Much of the population still live-in unplanned settlements, without adequate sanitation and housing, especially in the capital Brazzaville and the second’s largest city, Pointe-Noire. Many households in rural areas lack most amenities including clean water sources and sanitation. Artesian wells or un-clarified water sources account for over 20% of all water access in the country. Power outages are frequent and millions of remote and rural households remain unconnected to the national grid. In addition, there is little improvement in urban areas. According to the newly appointed Prime Minister Anatole Collinet Makosso, restructuring precarious neighbourhoods, providing adequate sanitation, and modernising people’s living spaces will be at the heart of his government’s action during his term in office. He said his government would improve rural housing and complete work on housing built in Diosso in Kouilou and elsewhere. Congo Housing and Construction Minister Josué Rodrigue Ngouonimba disclosed his ministry’s priorities for 2021 in July to include urban planning, controlling the cost of housing, and improving housing.

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Each year, CAHF publishes its Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook. The profile above is from the 2021 edition, which has up-to-date profiles for 55 African countries.

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