DW visits two Integrated Housing Development Program sites in Addis Ababa

Women on construction site - housing background Yeka Abado

Women on construction site – Yeka Abado housing in background

Ethiopia has one of the lowest proportions of citizens living in urban areas: only 16.7 percent. However, things are changing and the country is now urbanizing at an annual growth rate of 3.49 percent. The combination of high population and urban growth rates, coupled with a high prevalence of urban poverty, has placed enormous strain on Ethiopian cities, especially when it comes to affordable housing.

DW’s director Allan Cain participated in an Expert Meeting on Housing Finance convened by the African Development Bank and UN Habitat on February 18 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The mission visited 2 sites of the Integrated Housing Development Program in Addis, one in the urban centre and one in the periphery. Addis’ current housing project has a goal of constructing 400,000 condominium units between 2010 – 2015.

For details and to listen to audio recordings taken during the site visits please read about it here on our website.

Ayat II - Baldaras - Housing

Ayat II – Baldaras Housing

DW visits the Medellín Participatory Inclusive Land Readjustment

DW’s director Allan Cain visited the PILaR Candelbra Project in Medellín, Columbia with a team from UN-HABITAT in April 2014. The pilot is a joint initiative of Medellin’s Institute of Housing and Habitat (ISVIMED), Medellin’s Department of Planning and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). At a global level, the Project is developing a methodology to help apply participatory and inclusive land readjustment in low or middle income countries.

Watch a video tour of the the PILaR Candelbra Project and video of a workshop on participatory and inclusive land readjustment in Medellín led by Robert Lewis-Lettington on DW’s website here.

Angola Housing Finance Chapter in the 2013 Africa Housing Finance Yearbook

Development Workshop prepared the Angola Housing Finance Chapter for the 2013 Africa Housing Finance Yearbook, recently published by the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. This is the fourth edition of the Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook and reflects the mood and temperature of housing finance markets on the African continent in 2013. The Angola chapter provides an Overview and Key Figures plus sections on: Access to Finance, Housing Supply, Affordability, Property Markets, Policy and Regulation and Opportunities.

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“… For most Angolans, auto-construção or self-build is the predominant method of housing development. The concept of owner-managed building, a process that combines local tradespeople and family labour, is fundamental to the traditional way of building houses in Angola. There have been positive developments aimed at harnessing this self-build energy to create better settlements and prevent the development of slums…”

Listen to Joe de Swardt’s presentation on the CLIFF Fund

Joe de Swardt.

Joe de Swardt at DW’s Luanda office.

Joe de Swardt, Head of Enterprise Programmes and Partnerships at Homeless International, made a presentation to DW’s staff in Luanda on June 7th on the CLIFF Fund’s strategy of investing in housing for the poor. You can listen to his presentation and view his presentation material on our website here.

Joe is helping in the creation of DW’s new social housing enterprise HabiTerra which is receiving financing in the form of a loan from CLIFF to pilot incremental services and housing in Huambo Province.

Joe also demonstrated how Homeless International is working in nine countries offering CLIFF financing to “third sector organisations” such as cooperatives and micro-finance organisations to provide innovative housing solutions to the poor who would normally be unable to attract the resources they need to improve their families’ living conditions. The presentation provoked a lively debate on housing finance between those who attended from DW and partner organisations.