On the 30th October 2023, the AUHF, its member Shelter Afrique, the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa, and the Namibian government hosted a Roundtable, inviting African governments, the African Union and development finance institutions working in affordable housing across Africa, to discuss the impact of housing on the economy and the opportunity for growth that this provides for African governments.
The roundtable was attended by delegations from five countries, namely Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mr. Nghidinua Daniel, Executive Director, Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, Namibia, opened the conversation with a presentation on the housing sector’s key challenges and opportunities for growth as well as Namibia’s housing policy which is championed by both the Ministers of Urban and Rural Development, and of Finance.
CAHF’s consultant, David Gardner, then presented findings from the Housing Economic Value Chains (HEVC) research project in nine countries: Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ghana, which interrogates the impact of housing on the economy and job creation.
These presentations as well as the Roundtable Notes are available belowImpact of Housing on National Economies in Africa & Leveraging affordable housing for economic growth and employment Namibia's Housing Sector- Key Challenges and Opportunities Notes from the Roundtable: Impact of Housing in the Economy