The African Union for Housing Finance is a member-based association of mortgage banks, building societies, housing corporations and other organisations involved in the mobilisation of funds for shelter and housing on the African continent. View the the AUHF overview presentation here.
Scope and objectives of the AUHF
The AUHF is committed to promoting housing finance on the African continent and is grounded on the following objectives:
- To identify and connect stakeholders, establishing a vibrant and supportive housing finance sector across the African continent;
- To understand and communicate the key issues facing practitioners and our members in the housing sector in Africa;
- To promote best practice in the affordable housing industry across Africa;
- To enable members to respond to the challenges and opportunities within the contexts of their businesses, supporting better engagement between the public and the private sectors;
- To promote and drive effective professional development among its members through the provision of housing finance training;
- To provide members with opportunities to network with one another, share information and build capacity towards improved housing finance systems in Africa, through the delivery of conferences, seminars, workshops, member exchanges and other mechanisms;
- To ensure the effective governance and sustainability of the AUHF towards the realisation of the mission and overall objectives.
Annual conference and AGM
The main event of the AUHF is, its annual conference and AGM, held in October. Each year, the conference is in a different country where one of the members plays the host. The conference, which focuses on a range of housing and housing finance issues on the continent, attracts a wide range of housing finance and development practitioners from the public and private sectors across Africa.
Last year’s conference took place in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire under the theme:Building Africa’s housing finance chain
The AUHF has a newsletter which it publishes on a monthly basis. This newsletter provides a summary of housing finance news on the continent, as well as information about players in the sector. It also provides information on events on the housing sector in Africa and further afield. This newsletter is open to the public, if you are interested in receiving the publication monthly, please subscribe here.
The AUHF also commissions research, currently in collaboration with the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. Two studies have been completed as part of this collaboration: one on the housing finance sector in Benin and the other on Zimbabwe. Previously the AUHF received a grant to undertake research into housing finance demand and practice in four countries: Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa and Swaziland. All research by the AUHF is available in our publications.
Networking opportunities and professional development
The AUHF is committed to promoting networking and professional development opportunities for its members. The AUHF arranges discounts for its members to attend conferences and workshops in the housing finance space.
The AUHF has:
- Run training courses for middle and senior management in Housing Finance Institutions; these were held in Nairobi and Harare and lead to discussions on establishing an African Union training Institute in Harare, Zimbabwe
- Participated in drawing up the Global Shelter Strategy through private and public sector initiatives
- Organised and run workshops
- Facilitated the formation of national associations of housing finance institutions in Kenya and Nigeria
- Liaised with international organisations and donors negotiated capital grants and loans on behalf of members for specific housing projects
- Provided position papers on African housing finance at various international forums, including the Environmental Summit in Brazil in 1992
- Commissioned a series of Country Position Papers on member countries
- Brought out the Housing Faculty of the Wharton School Programme of the University of Pennsylvania in August 1999
- Held meetings, seminars and workshops in various member countries across the continent
- In recent years, members have participated in the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa, a one week course jointly delivered by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Businnes and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Members received a 20% discount on course fees
Opportunities for members
The AUHF is a product of its membership. Members can propose specific areas of engagement and activity that would suit their particular interests. Members can also direct research programmes to meet their specific needs and foster the objectives of the AUHF. Members may also decide to structure a regional chapter of the AUHF for more frequent, local meetings.