Affordable Housing in Rwanda: the Urban Lab Initiative

Making Affordable Housing a Reality in Rwanda: sustainable and affordable housing solutions for households with monthly incomes below 200.000 RWF

In November 2023, the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) and the University of Rwanda (UR) were commissioned by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to collaboratively direct an Urban Lab to interrogate how sustainable and affordable housing might be increased for low-income households in Rwanda. The Urban Lab is implemented with support by the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) and the City of Kigali.

The project goes in line with the goals of the GIZ global project “Urban Innovation made in Africa” and its respective Rwandan partners, among others the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) and the City of Kigali (CoK), but also other development partners, civil society actors, and private sector partners.

The project has two main objectives:

  • Bring relevant national and international stakeholders together with the aim to discuss approaches towards an improved provision of sustainable and affordable housing for low-income households in Rwanda.
  • To build capacities among participants of the workshops and working meetings regarding market analytics, demand and supply side challenges and opportunities, the potential for public policy and interventions, and international best practice.

These two objectives will be supported by the generation and dissemination of knowledge, household level research (focus groups and interviews) and hosting of workshops and working group meetings.  

The Project Proposal submitted by CAHF and UR for this project is available here


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