Affordable Housing in Rwanda: Study on the Housing Market and Low-Cost and Efficient Building Materials and Technologies

Source: SDC PROECCO, 2023

The Study on Housing Market and Low-Cost and Efficient Building Materials and Technologies was commissioned by the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) and its partners at the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) and the Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) to support the government in what should be its two main broad objectives when structuring the next iteration of its affordable housing program: the first, to maximize the performance of the house as a private asset, the second, maximise the performance of the housing sector as a national asset, capable of meeting the needs of the city and the economy more broadly.

This Study delves into both the demand and supply sides of affordable housing in Rwanda, intending to provide a comprehensive view of the market. It embraces the fundamental principle that housing is vital both for a nation’s people and its economy. For households, it is likely to be the most significant investment that they will make in their lifetimes. In Rwanda, given the public emphasis on affordable housing, it is also a significant investment for the State.

The Study builds upon ten years of research and policy interventions, interrogates an impressive data landscape, and draws from practical knowledge gained on construction sites across the country. This rich tapestry of information serves as a valuable baseline for shaping future policy orientations in line with the objectives of Vision 2050 and the forthcoming National Strategy for Transformation II. The recommendations set forth in this study are aimed at improving access to decent and quality accommodation via a construction industry incentivized to prioritize affordability, job creation, environmental protection and sustainable development.

To get more details on the Study, follow the below links to the published detailed reports

Factsheets from the Study are also available;

Full Report: Study on Housing Market and Low-Cost Efficient Materials and Technologies Summary Report: Study on Housing Market and Low-Cost Efficient Materials and Technologies Dictionary of low-cost and efficient materials and technologies

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