What is the AUHF?
Since its formation in 1984, the AUHF has evolved into a member-based, industry association of mortgage banks, building societies, housing corporations, Development Finance Institutions and other organisations involved in the mobilisation of funds for shelter and housing on the African continent. As an industry body, the AUHF promotes the development of effective housing markets and the delivery of affordable housing across Africa, working in the interests of the members and the industry as a whole. The AUHF is governed by a board of industry leaders elected every two years at its Annual General Body. The Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF), based in South Africa, acts as the Secretariat of the AUHF.
To support its members in realising their vision, through networking and deal facilitation, information collection and dissemination, lobbying and advocacy, and capacity building and training.
An enabled and productive housing finance sector across Africa where governments and the private sector work together to develop and maintain efficient and effective housing markets and access to adequate and affordable housing for all.
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:
The History of the AUHF - 37-Years of Housing Finance in Africa
“The cornerstone of this new action agenda is the recognition of the absolute necessity to foster co-operation between the public and private sectors, and the evolution of those aspects of nation building that each can do efficiently. Regardless of the political and humanitarian motivations of governments, national strategies must reflect the limited capacity for the public sector to meet all the development requirements of the people. They cannot do the job alone. All non-governmental economic and human resources must be mobilised in the development effort, including the formal private sector, private associations, co-operatives and community groups. All have a valuable role to play in establishing an efficient and productive development strategy”. Recommendations on Shelter and Urban Development, Mangochi, Malawi 1987.”
The AUHF was set up in June 1984 by key individuals to unite and represent building societies in Africa and to find ways to tackle housing finance challenges on the continent, in the context of redress and meeting the development needs of people. To start, the AUHF had eleven members from eight countries in Africa and was funded by grants from the International Union of Housing Finance (IUHF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
AUHF Corporate Documents
The AUHF is a registered Non-Profit Section 21 company. To confirm our status please click on the documents below.
Members of the Board
MAY ABDEL HAMID
CEO Shelter Afrique
May Abdel Hamid
Chief Executive Social Housing and Mortgage Finance Fund
Growth Head, FNB Home Finance, First National Bank
CEO, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company
Chair of the Lobbying & Advocacy Committee,
MD, Zambia National Building Society
Chair of the Membership Services Committee,
Founder, Atenu Developments
CEO, Caisse Régionale de Refinancement Hypothécaire
CEO, Tanzania Mortgage Refinance Company