In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments across the continent implemented stringent lockdown regulations. Aside from the economic impact, the lockdown brought the state of housing into sharp focus: many households across Africa do not have a home they can comfortably stay in. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the persistent state of disaster in which a majority of urban households across the continent live, whether in informal settlements, tenement blocks, inner city buildings, lower-income townships, or suburbs; and whether they rent, or own, or share their homes.
For this reason, our 2020 Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook focuses on housing as central to a post COVID-19 resilience and recovery strategy. The housing strategy across Africa must work to address risk, stimulate recovery, and ensure resilience. Quality, affordable housing becomes all the more important in a post-COVID world, while we need to do much more with much less. This may just be the opportunity that Africa’s affordable housing sector needs to truly grow and develop to the demands of the continent.
The 2020 Yearbook was launched at the 36th Annual AUHF Conference held virtually 2-6 November 2020–to view the launch presentation, click here. The comprehensive publication now covers 55 African countries, and is produced in both English and French (with the Mozambique profile also available in Portuguese). It is the collaborative output of over 44 contributors, who together form a community of practice of housing finance experts in-country.
The document can be downloaded as a single pdf at the link below. In addition, the individual country profiles can be downloaded separately via our country pages. The regional overviews are also available separately for download by accessing the respective regional pages here.
When utilising information and data in the Yearbook for publications, reports and articles, please include the following citation: Centre for Affordable Housing Finance (2020). Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook: 11th Edition – 2020. https://housingfinanceafrica.org/resources/yearbook/Download PDF