Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook

Now in its 14th edition, the annual Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook remains CAHF’s flagship, and our pride and joy, for its contribution to the housing and housing sector on the continent.  This 2023 edition takes a different approach, focusing in on-the-ground affordable housing projects which demonstration innovation, expressed through end-user finance, building design, construction materials or methods, green building, or any other aspect. Text boxes in each profile highlight these examples of innovation.

Over the years, the uniqueness of the Yearbook remains a reality in the sector, especially for its critical focus on the lower end of the market. Throughout the general overview of housing, housing finance, and property markets in each country, we pay particular attention to affordable housing—access to housing and housing finance by households at the bottom of the income pyramid, for whom most commercially-developed residential property is out of reach. No other source provides this type of updated information, focused on residential property, and targeted at the affordable market.

What is most extraordinary about this publication, however, is its collaborative production, and the process of primary, decentralised data collection that underpins it. Individual country profiles are researched and authored by different housing and housing finance experts—where possible, we team up with in-country experts, while in some instances the authors are based elsewhere. This year there were a record 73 authors and co-authors for the 55 profiles. Eighteen of this year’s profiles were authored originally in French.

Each year also brings the opportunity to bring new authors into the fold, to widen access to this research opportunity and ensure fresh perspectives. This year saw the inclusion of a larger portion of new authors than we have seen previously. In addition, we appointed a team of 15 external editors, two copy editors, and four translators. The Yearbook is therefore a joint effort of over 90 members of the sector, all working towards a shared deadline.

We are most grateful to our Yearbook sponsors who make the publication possible:

When utilising information and data in the Yearbook for publications, reports and articles, please use the following citation: Centre for Affordable Housing Finance (2023). Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook: 14th Edition – 2023. https://housingfinanceafrica.org/resources/yearbook

The individual profiles from the 2023 Yearbook are also available for download as separate pdf files. See links below:

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We publish each profile, covering 55 countries and territories, on our website. Find these profiles, the latest articles, documents, news and market players in each country and region.

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