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

Housing affordability is a critical issue that affects individuals and families worldwide, and Rwanda is no exception. As the country experiences rapid economic growth and urbanization, the demand for housing has intensified, creating challenges for many Rwandans to find affordable and suitable housing options.

This factsheet summarizes the affordability analysis conducted as part of the Study on the Housing Market and Low-Cost and Efficient Technologies and Materials. It seeks to establish a baseline for reflection on how to define affordability for households at the lower-end of the income pyramid.

The data driven approach is the first step in developing housing policy that is in line with the diversity of needs and financial capacities of Rwandan households.

This brief forms part of a collection of fact sheets on Rwanda’s Affordable Housing Market commissioned by the Development Bank of Rwanda on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Rwanda Housing Authority. The information is drawn from the Study on the Housing Market and Low-Cost and Efficient Materials and Technologies conducted by the joint venture of Lambert Lénack Architectes Urbanistes and 35 000 Holdings (trading as 71point4), in partnership with Fatou Dieye (project lead), Vincent Ngirabacu, Kigwa Consulting and James Setzler from GAC-R with advising from Kecia Rust of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF).

Defining Affordability

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