Support for Nigeria’s National Housing Data Centre

CAHF is actively engaged in the collection, analysis and sharing of data that promotes investment in affordable housing across Africa. Two key programmes in this regard are the Data Agenda for Africa (which CAHF undertakes in partnership with Reall and 71point4), and the Open Access Initiative, initially supported by FSDA Investments, and by FSDKenya, Reall, and International Housing Solutions. CAHF has identified Nigeria as a priority country in terms of its five-year strategy which extends to 2025 and has a partnership agreement with the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company, a member of the African Union for Housing Finance.

The Review of the Data Landscape in African Housing Ecosystems: Nigeria report interrogates the availability and quality of housing-relevant data required to populate a set of priority indicators that characterise activity along Nigeria’s Housing Value Chain. A virtual roundtable hosted by the NMRC in partnership with CAHF convened Nigeria’s housing and housing finance stakeholders to discuss the full report’s recommendations. CAHF and 71Point4 jointly delivered a presentation exploring the data pipeline for housing and next steps to promote data availability in Nigeria’s housing sector.

The NMRC in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics and Central Bank of Nigeria intend to establish a National Housing Data Center (NHDC) leveraging on the existing Housing Market Information Portal (HMIP). The mission of the NHDC is to collect, store and disseminate housing data in Nigeria, to support better investment decision-making for affordable housing, and the growth of working affordable housing markets in Nigeria. Key ingredients to support the growth of the NHDC include:


The Nigeria Housing Data Dashboard is built using publicly available data from the Nigeria Living Standards Survey (2018) and showcases data on dwelling and household characteristics. The dashboard aims to assess the mortgage eligibility of property renters (potential borrowers); and the mortgageability of dwellings in Nigeria using key indicators linked to dwelling characteristics and household characteristics. We hope that data providers will share data that enables the dashboard to grow over time and further contribute to the development of Nigeria’s housing and housing finance market. You can access the dashboard here.

  • CAHF has developed separate factsheets focusing on the Central Bank of Nigeria, National Population Commission, National Bureau of Statistics and the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria. The factsheets identify gaps in Nigeria’s housing data landscape and a call to action for how each institution can address the gaps.
  • Data Requirements for Building Nigeria’s Housing Economic Value Chain Model: This excerpt is taken from the Assessing Nigeria’s Affordable Housing Market report which uses CAHF’s Housing Cost Benchmarking (HCB) and Housing Economic Value Chain (HEVC) methodologies. The excerpt outlines the data gaps and typical sources of data  required to build a more comprehensive HEVC model for Nigeria. You can also access a presentation  exploring the economic argument for ‘Affordable’ Housing.
  • Several presentations delivered by CAHF exploring the role of data and market analytics in supporting the development of Nigeria’s housing sector.  This includes a presentation on how investing in data and market analytics as fundamental market infrastructure contributes to the overcoming of systemic risks.  Finally, an overview on Big Data and Analytics as a critical tool to improving residential real estate.




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