AUHF conference 2021 – A New Frontier in Affordable Housing in Africa

Established as the African continent’s leading annual affordable housing’s conference, the 37th annual African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place from Kigali from 02-04 November 2021. ​

As the only established event known to connect international, African and regional stakeholders to Africa’s fast evolving affordable housing sector, this year’s event will connect in-person local stakeholders with a live international virtual audience. Broadcasted live from Kigali, the 2021 AUHF Conference provides a platform for both in-person and virtual attendees to network, access content and an opportunity to showcase opportunities to regional and international leaders invested in Affordable Housing. Join us in Kigali and virtually for this year’s Conference & AGM brought to you by the AUHF and partners.

AUHF conference 2020 – Investing in the SDGs: Finding a Market Opportunity in Affordable Housing

The 2020 African Union for Housing Finance virtual conference took place under the theme, ‘Investing in the SDGs: Finding a Market Opportunity in Affordable Housing’. From the second to the sixth of November 2020, the conference featured five days of premium content and networking, as well as an interactive virtual expo the conference.

The conference provided a high-quality and seamless experience for investors, developers, and professionals looking to connect across time zones, share ideas, and work towards achieving the SDGs (sustainable development goals) in the post Covid-19 future. While housing is explicitly articulated in Target 11 of the SDGs, it is a key component of sustainable development across all of the goals.

Good housing drives access to basic services, contributes towards inclusive growth, and supports the development of a sustainable future. It has a direct impact on the factors that contribute to or mediate the effects of climate change. Investment in affordable housing will therefore have a profound and direct impact on at least 14 of the SDGs.

As Africa drives its housing agenda forward, the AUHF virtual conference provided an agenda for debate that promotes market growth and opportunities in green development, infrastructure building, services, jobs, and inclusive economic growth.

AUHF Conference 2019 – Realising Affordability in Global Housing Markets

The 2019 African Union for Housing Finance Conference theme was, ‘Realising Affordability in Global Housing Markets’. It was a joint AUHF and IUHF Conference and AGM, incorporating the 35th Annual AUHF conference and AGM, and the 31st International Union for Housing Finance (IUHF) World Congress.

The conference has been growing every year, along with its content and reputation. In 2019, through the partnership with the IUHF, the conference reach reflected content and experience from across the world and is expected to draw in a much wider international profile of delegates.

The 2019 conference explored the challenge of housing affordability as it is being expressed across the globe. Organised across a series of themes, the presentations articulated the detail of the affordability challenge while also providing case studies of innovation and success. Speakers were drawn from the body of the AUHF, as well as from across the world, bringing global expertise to this question of housing affordability.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS
by Sisulu Lindiwe_ MINISTER OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS
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THE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS IN THE UK – REFLECTIONS FOR AFRICA_am
by Olanrewaju Olu_Associate Director – Altair Africa
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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE AFFORDABILITY CHALLENGE
by Rossbach Anaclaudia Marinheiro Centeno_Cities Alliance
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COST TRANSPARENCY TO INCREASE AFFORDABILITY
by Schulman Lew_iBuild Global, Inc
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GREEN INNOVATION FOR AFFORDABILITY
by Cairncross Lenore_ Green Buildings Lead – Africa – IFC
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CLIMATE RESPONSIVE BUILDING MATERIAL PRODUCTION AS A KEY JOB CREATION STRATEGY
by Dieye Fatou_ Managing Director – Skat Consulting, Rwanda
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SCALING HOUSEHOLD EFFORTS
by Chetty Kevin_Board Member – Habitat for Humanity International EMEA
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IMPACT INVESTMENT: IMPACT THROUGH SCALE
by Jackson Paul_TUHF
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LAUNCH – 10TH ANNIVERSARY YEARBOOK OF HOUSING FINANCE IN AFRICA
by Tshangana Alison_Head of Research and Market Intelligence – CAHF
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FUNDING THE MORTGAGE PORTFOLIO
by Achim Duebel_Founder, Finpol Consult
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ENSURING ADEQUATE CONSUMER PROTECTION IN MORTGAGE LENDING
by König Christian_Managing Director – Association of Private Bausparkassen, Berlin
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THE ECONOMIC ARGUMENT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
by Gardner David_Independent Consultant – CAHF
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REACHING THE BOTTOM 40TH PERCENTILE
by Stead Lisa_Head of evidence REALL
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DATA AGENDA FOR AFRICA
by Akinin David_CEO – Atenu Developments / Founder – OperFin Technologies
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RESOLVING THE LAND CHALLENGE. BLOCKCHAIN OPPORTUNITIES
by Bloch Daniel_CEO – Seso Global, Nigeria
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A DATA AGENDA FOR AFRICA
by Garbers Christoph_Data Analyst and Research Consultant – 71point4
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TARGETING LIQUIDITY
by Leong Datuk Chung Chee_ President/Chief Executive Officer – Cagamas Berhad
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LEVERAGING PENSION ASSETS IN SUPPORT OF HOUSING INVESTMENTS
by Osano Evans_Director, Financial Markets – FSD Africa, Kenya
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HOW LOW CAN WE GO WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING
by Shah Seeta_Affordable Housing Consultant
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TARGETING LIQUIDITY
by Wiyogo Ananta_President Director – PT Sarana Multigriya Finansial (Persero), Indonesia
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RESOLVING THE LAND CHALLENGE. BLOCKCHAIN OPPORTUNITIES
by Melzer Illana_Founder & Lead Consultant – 71point4
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AUHF conference 2018 – Building Africa’s Housing Financing Chain

The 34th AUHF conference explored the emerging concerns, challenges, and opportunities affecting the links along Africa’s housing finance chain. Each link in the housing delivery chain has an integral finance component, and while a key focus in the market has remained on extending end-user finance through mortgage and nonmortgage means, construction or developer finance is equally critical, as is the creation of a quality investment environment that recognizes the opportunity in affordable housing.  These altogether create a functioning finance chain that is critical to supporting housing – an enabling macro-environment; the presence, interest, and capacity of investors; and the engagement of financiers. The AUHF conference was structured to unpack these issues through presentations, in-depth panel discussions and forums clustered around the above themes.

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AUHF OVERVIEW
by Oscar Magaya_CEO – TMRC
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BUILDING UEMOA’S HOUSING FINANCE SECTOR: KEY ISSUES FOR DEVELOPMENT ATTENTION
by Christian Agossa_Directeur Général – CRRH
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FROM END USER FINANCING TO THE CAPITAL MARKETS – ISSUES ALONG THE HOUSING FINANCING CHAIN
by Thierno Habib Hann_Senior Housing Finance Specialist – IFC
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THE HOUSING INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE IN AFRICA
by Davina Wood_Consultant to the CAHF
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INVESTOR EXPERIENCES IN HOUSING IN AFRICA
by Solly Mboweni – IHS
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RAISING CAPITAL FOR THE MORTGAGE PORTFOLIO
by Dominic Adu_CEO – GHL Bank
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FINANCING RENTAL IN AFRICAN CITIES: NEW BUILD AND INNER CITY REGENERATION
by Olu Olanrewaju_Director – Altair
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LEVERAGING LONG TERM CAPITAL TO FINANCE INFRASTRUCTURE: CABS AND OLD MUTUAL IN ZIMBABWE
by Mehluli Mpofu_Deputy MD – CABS
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CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN MOBILISING CONSTRUCTION FINANCE
by Andrew Chimphondah – Shelter Afrique
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CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN MOBILISING CONSTRUCTION FINANCE
by Gomolemo Zimona – BHC
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HOUSING MICROFINANCE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: FROM MICRO TO MACRO
by Mark Seymour – Thuthukani Financial Services
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INSIGHTS FROM THE IBUILD KENYA PILOT
by Ronald Omyonga – iBuild Global
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PRODUCT LESSONS FROM HOW HOUSEHOLDS LIVE: A CASE FROM UGANDA
by Dorothy Baziwe – UHSNet Uganda
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PRODUCT LESSONS FROM HOW HOUSEHOLDS LIVE: THE HOUSING VALUE CHAIN IN DRC
by Mounia Tagma_Africa and Middle East Director – AHI DRC
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GHL BANK: RAISING CAPITAL FOR THE MORTGAGE PORTFOLIO
by Dominic Adu_MD – GHL
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ENHANCING FINANCIAL INCLUSION: UNIFORM UNDERWRITING STANDARDS FOR THE INFORMAL SECTOR
by Dr Chii Akpoorji_Executive Director – NMRC
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CREDIT QUALITY = A CONDITION FOR THE MOBILISATION OF LONG TERM RESOURCES
by Olivier Hassler – FOGARIM in Morocco and Tunisia
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STATE HOUSING FINANCE BANK: ASSET OR LIABILITY?
by Ahmed Musa Dangiwe_MD – FMB Nigeria
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CAUSES OF HIGH INTEREST RATE IN HOUSING FINANCE
by Michael Fuchs
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BASEL III AND IFRAS 9: HOUSING FINANCE IN AFRICA
by Pierree Valere Nketcha
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AUHF conference 2017- Engaging the Housing Value Chain for Growth

Kampala Serena Hotel, Uganda, 17th to 19th October, 2017

Across Africa, the residential investment opportunity is increasingly driving conversations about economic growth. The opportunity is clear: with the fastest rate of urbanisation globally, and a growing middle class, Africa’s demand for affordable housing is increasing at a rapid rate. Governments and the private sector each have an excellent opportunity to gear this interest in support of their growth and investment targets, while also meeting the housing needs of their growing urban populations. In the context of an economic downturn on the African continent, housing creates an important and strategic opportunity to change the narrative and drive growth from within.

Housing is all about the value chain. The process of delivering and managing a home – from land assembly through to infrastructure provision, house construction, the sales and transfer process, and then ongoing maintenance and improvements – is highly interdependent drawing on multiple sectors in the economy and departments in government. Any weaknesses along the chain affect the performance of the entire chain: it is as strong as its weakest link. Stakeholders across the continent in the public and private sector are yearning to intervene meaningfully and sustainably in the housing space to harness the growth potential however; this will only be realized if key sector players come together and address these challenges in a concerted manner.

This year’s African Union for Housing Finance Conference under the theme, “Engaging housing value chain for growth,” brings together key players in Africa’s housing and housing finance industry to chart a way for the betterment of housing across the continent. Focusing on the key links in the chain, the conference will bring together financiers, developers, professionals and policy makers to deliberate on the challenges and explore opportunities. Case studies from across the continent will be presented. Five sessions are planned, to include both international and local speakers:

  • Opening ceremony: engaging value chain for growth
  • Financing land and infrastructure for residential property
  • Building affordable housing to scale
  • Promoting sustainable investment into affordable housing
  • Closing: Public and Private Sector building the value chain together
  • Housing Microfinance Workshop – Facilitated by Terwilliger Center for Innovation and Shelter,Habitat for Humanity International

Co-hosted by the AUHF and Housing Finance Bank Uganda, the conference concluded with a Kampala Declaration, signed by the active members of the African Union for Housing Finance, setting out key issues for attention to engage the housing value chain for growth across the African continent.

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Opening Ceremony
by President H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni | Guest of Honor
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Opening Ceremony
by Mr. David G. Opiokello | Board Chairman Housing Finance Bank Uganda Ltd.
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Opening Ceremony
by Mr. Mathias Katamba | Managing Director Housing Finance Bank Uganda Ltd.
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Opening Ceremony
by Hon. Matia Kasaijja | Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development.
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Impact of housing economy evidence from Tanzania, SA,Uganda, Nigeria
by David Gardner | Consultant
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Dealing with myths and mindsets about credit
by Peter Kimbowa | International Financial Empowerment Consultant
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Eastern Africa Investment Landscape
by Duncan Kayiira | Consultant
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Impact of Taxation on Affordable Housing in Africa
by James Mutero | Consultant
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Mortgage Liquidity facilities approaching the capital markets
by Charles Inyangete | CEO Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company
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Mortgage Liquidity facilities approaching the capital markets
by Oscar Mgaya | CEO Tanzania Mortgage Refinance Company
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Innovation Elevator Pitch
by Seso | Blockchain Technology for Land Transactions
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Innovation Elevator Pitch
by iBuild Global Inc. | Construction Support
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Innovation Elevator Pitch
by Millard Fuller Foundation | a public private partnership towards affordable housing
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Innovation Elevator Pitch
by Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company | housing market information portal & mortgage management system
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Innovation Elevator Pitch
by TUHF Intuthuko Equity Fund | financing property entrepreneurs with mortgage finance
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Innovation Elevator Pitch
by Materia – Apis Partners | affordable housing equity fund
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Innovation Elevator Pitch
by Zambian Home Loans
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Innovation Elevator Pitch
by Innovation Brochure
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Mainstreaming incremental housing: the case of Zambian Home Loans
by Twaambo Hamsute | MD Zambian Home Loans
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Project preparation in large scale developments across Africa
by Femi Adewole | Acting MD, Shelter Afrique
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Housing Investment Chronicles: Financing housing step by step in Mozambique
by Moisés Inguane | Chief Operations Office FSD Mozambique
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What do we need to be able to lend, today, to the breadth of the affordable market?
by Michael Mugabi | Executive Director, Housing Finance Bank Uganda
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Housing Micofinance Academy Liberia
by Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter
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Housing Micofinance Academy
by Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter
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NAALYA PRIDE | Site Visit
by National Housing and Construction Company Ltd
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AUHF conference 2016- Housing and Africa’s Growth Agenda

In Nigeria alone, a backlog of an estimated 17 million units suggests that housing construction will be at the forefront of that country’s economy for some time.  Already, Nigeria’s real estate sector is one of the main, non-oil sector contributors to the country’s rebased GDP, contributing 11 percent by 2014.  Given the projected demand, it is estimated that the N6.5 trillion market will grow at an average of ten percent over the next few years.  Of course, affordability remains a key constraint, combined with a host of other issues concerning land, cost of funds and the overall enabling environment.  Despite these, the opportunities for significant returns on housing investment, while also meeting a fundamental social need, are tremendous. At Nigeria’s current mortgage rates, a simple $20,000 house could be affordable to about 16% of the urban population, or about 3 million urban households.

Bring the house price down to $15,000 and an estimated 35% of Nigeria’s urban population could afford to buy housing with a mortgage – this is in the region of 6.6 million households, and could create $99 trillion in investment and upwards of 4 million jobs.  What are the opportunities and how might these be captured to support Africa’s growth agenda going forward? This is the focus of this year’s annual conference of the African Union for Housing Finance.

Taking place in Abuja, Nigeria, from 14-16 September, the conference is structured around key themes ranging from the potential of public-private partnerships to unlocking hidden potentials, to the challenges of funding the mortgage portfolio, the opportunities to be found in rental housing and housing microfinance, and the strategies to address the challenge of affordability.  With an agenda structured around presentations in plenary and panel discussions, as well as a housing marketplace to support focused conversations between investors and projects, the conference will attract stakeholders from across the continent, all with the express purpose of furthering investment in affordable housing.

Key Sessions:

  • Session 1: Public Private Partnerships to Enable Growth in Affordable Housing Delivery
  • Session 2: Growing Africa’s Mortgage Markets
  • Session 3: Harnessing Opportunities on the Demand Side
  • Session 4: Growing the Capacity of Housing Microfinance
  • Session 5: Priming the Housing Sector to Foster Greater Growth

The 32nd Annual Conference of the African Union for Housing Finance offers stakeholders a platform for discussing and sharing experiences, and deliberating towards innovative interventions to support the growth of Africa’s economies through the development of a vibrant housing sector.  Offered by an industry body with an explicit mandate to support the growth of Africa’s housing finance sector, the conference will realise actionable recommendations that will transform the housing landscape and create new opportunities across the continent.

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Welcome Note
by Prof. Charles Inyangete | Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company
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Public Sector Keynote | Housing and Africa’s Growth Agenda
by Representative of the Honourable Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN | Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
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Private Sector Keynote | Housing and Housing Finance in Africa: Engine for Economic Growth
by Thierno-Habib Hann | International Finance Corporation
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Housing and Africa’s Growth Agenda: Increase Financial Investment in Housing and Accelerate African Development
by Chi Jianxin | China Africa Development Fund
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New Urban Agenda
by Prof. Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka | UN-Habitat
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Public Private Partnerships for Affordable Housing
by Richard Martin | World Bank
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Building National Housing and Housing Finance Markets in Africa: A Holistic Approach
by Michael Bookstaber | Global Housing Strategies
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Key Challenges in Funding the Mortgage Portfolio in Nigeria
by Dr. Femi Johnson | Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria
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Role of Pension Funds in Mortgage Finance
by Kojo Addo-Kufuor | Ghana Home Loans
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Funding Housing in the Bond Market
by James Doree | Lion’s Head Global Partners
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Overcoming Challenges to Housing Affordability: The Fuller Experience
by Samuel Odia | The Millard Fuller Foundation
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Financing for Resilient and Green Urban Global Solutions: Katsina City-Level Study
by Simon Gusah
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Rental Housing: Addressing the Challenges of Delivery in Nigeria
by Ben Okuzu | BP Partners
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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Basic House? Results of a 16-Country Study
by Olivia Caldwell | Affordable Housing Institute
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YoMane: It’s Your Money
by Lea Charlene | YoMane
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Private Capital Perspectives to Funding Housing for Low and Middle Income Earners in Nigeria
by Roland Igbinoba | FHA Mortgage Bank
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The Challenge of Housing Affordability in Nigeria
by Surv. (Rev.) Ugochukwu Chime | Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria
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Quantifying the Role of Housing in African Economies: Establishing a Methodology
by David Gardner | Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa
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Scaling Up Housing Microfinance: The Case of KWFT, Mibanco and Select
by David Gardner | Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa
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How to Bring Capital to Africa?: Investor Perspective
by Dr. Friedemann Roy | International Finance Corporation
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Partnering with microfinance to deliver affordable housing: takeaways from LafargeHolcim’s experience in Africa.
by Anne-Laure Denis & Aurelien Boyer | LafargeHolcim
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AUHF conference 2015- Making Housing Finance Markets Work in Africa

AUHF Conference & AGM 2015
26 – 28 October 2015 | Durban, South Africa

How do we make housing finance markets work? This ever pressing question—increasingly urgent as Africa urbanises—was debated by over 95 housing finance practitioners from 64 companies and 19 countries at the 31st Annual AUHF Conference and AGM. Held in Durban, South Africa, and hosted by AUHF member, the Banking Association of South Africa, the conference was opened with an address by the AUHF’s new Chairperson, Oscar Mgaya, the CEO of the Tanzania Mortgage Refinance Company. Mgaya outlined the severity of the challenges facing Africa’s housing finance sectors, and how the AUHF, through its 31 years, has tried to create a platform for deliberation about these complex issues.

Before the sessions started, the African Development Bank’s Dr. Issa Faye presented on the findings from their joint research with UN Habitat on Africa’s housing finance sector. Dr. Faye was followed by Thomas Ogutu, Head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Unit of the African Union. Ogutu presented Africa’s Draft Common Position for Habitat III, the United Nation’s conference on urbanisation that is held every 20 years. The Common Position will be Africa’s position for Habitat III, and form the core of the continent’s input into what will be the world’s urbanisation agenda for the next two decades. Ogutu was at the conference looking for feedback on the paper from Africa’s housing finance sector, and the sessions that followed aimed to provide the input from the various institutions present.

The first session, titled, Financing the Housing Value Chain, included presentations that looked at various parts of the chain, including rent-to-own schemes, guarantees for infrastructure and construction loans, the issuing for bonds by municipalities, refinancing of mortgage portfolios with local currency bonds, as well as mortgage refinancing facilities. Afterwards, as part of the inaugural Housing Finance Marketplace, Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) held a panel discussion that included the International Finance Corporation, Shelter Afrique, UN Habitat, the World Bank and Olivier Hassler, the renowned housing finance expert. The morning of the final day of the conference started with the second part of the Housing Finance Marketplace—one-on-one meetings between stakeholders and the financiers that are part of MFW4A’s Housing Finance Donors Working Group, including International Finance Corporation, Shelter Afrique and the World Bank. These one-on-one meetings have already led to two deals, and it will form an important part of future AUHF conferences. This will hopefully result in further deals, as it will create a platform for greater engagement and cooperation between financiers and stakeholders.The next two sessions focused on housing microfinance and how to adequately respond to particular types of demand. The key overlap of the sessions was how to increase the supply of housing microfinance to meet the significant demand by those who derive their income from the informal sector. Because of the informality of their employment, and their general low incomes, it was argued that more market research as well as new ways to underwrite the many households who cannot be adequately accommodated for by traditional mortgage instruments are needed. These three sessions fed into the fourth and final session: breakaway groups of the different groups of practitioners. These four groups—mortgage lenders; housing microfinance lenders; delivery agents; and development finance institutions, guarantors, wholesale financiers and private equity—discussed what was required to make housing finance markets work for them.

The feedback from the breakaway sessions provided the basis for the Durban Declaration—a paper that serves to provide input into the Habitat III process by Africa’s housing finance sector and to make public a commitment to increase access to housing finance across the continent. The Declaration notes that the development of mortgage and housing microfinance markets have insufficiently kept apace with Africa’s urbanisation, that housing finance is a critical link in the housing delivery value chain and that affordability is a key issue in all of this. It calls for transparent land management systems, investment in infrastructure and serviced land for housing, greater attention to how macroeconomic and monetary policy affects housing markets, that housing microfinance should be elevated in national importance, and for the need for consistent housing policy and regulatory frameworks.

The Declaration ends with a commitment, signed by all 48 members of the AUHF, to contribute to making housing finance markets work. From ensuring that housing and housing finance products are affordable to our populations and mobilising more resources in the sector to contributing to research and creating robust and sustainable housing supply chains, there is a lot that can be done that will help overcome these seemingly intractable problems. The AUHF continues to work towards the goal of working housing finance markets, and looks forward to assisting current and new members in their work across Africa.

AUHF 2015 Opening Address
by Oscar Mgaya, AUHF Chairperson & TMRC CEO
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Keynote Address: Making Housing Markets Work in Africa
by Dr. Issa Faye, African Development Bank
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Draft Africa Common Africa Position on Habitat III
by Thomas Ogutu, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Unit of the African Union
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Enhancing Access to Infrastructure and Construction Loans with Guarantees
by Ethel Matenge-Sebesho, Housing Finance Guarantors Africa Reinsurance
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Positioning Cities for Housing-Related Capital Flows: Analysis and Recommendations
by Prof. Jeremy Gorelick, Affordable Housing Institute
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Adopting a Holistic Market Development Approach to Enhancing Access to Home Ownership
by Dr. Chii Akporji, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company
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Refinancing Mortgage Portfolios with Local Currency Bonds
by Karl von Klitzing, KfW
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Promoting Affordability, Accessibility and Stability: Contractual Savings for Housing
by Andreas Zehnder, International Union for Housing Finance
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Innovative Housing Finance in Nigeria via Public Private Partnership (PPP)– New Wemabod Estate , Ibafo, Ogun State as a Case Study
by Temitope Olayinka Ojo, Tope Ojo and Tunde Olonisakin Estate Surveyors and Valuers
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Funding Challenges and Potential
by Olivier Hassler
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Housing in Africa: An Integrated World Bank Group Approach
by Britt Gwinner, International Finance Corporation
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Housing in Africa: The World Bank’s Approach
by Simon Walley, World Bank
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Sustainable and Inclusive Housing Finance for Africa
by Christophe Lalande, UN-Habitat
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Financing Affordable Housing for Africa
by Kevin Kihara, Shelter Afrique
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How Low Can Financing Go?
by James Mugerwa, Shelter Afrique
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Financing Infrastructure Associated with a Housing Development
by Ian Palmer, African Centre for Cities
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Changes in the Enabling Environment and Development of Housing Microfinance
by Patrick McAllister, Habitat for Humanity
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Housing for Youth in Africa
by Sheida Mutambi, Woodside Africa Group
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Designing Responsive Shelter Solutons for the Poor Through Market Research
by Ruth Odera, Habitat for Humanity
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Mortgage Lenders: How Can We Incentivise Lenders to Grant More Housing Loans?
by Friedemann Roy, International Finance Corporation
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Establishment of an African Low Income Housing Finance Facility
by William Walaga, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Unit of the African Union
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Access, Use and Potential Size of the Housing Microfinance Market in Zambia
by Daniel Phiri, Copperbelt University
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AUHF conference 2014- The Next Frontier in Affordable Housing: Alternative Building Technologies

30th Anniversary AUHF Conference & AGM |
17-19 November 2014 | Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

Housing delivery is not reaching the scale, sustainability or affordability levels that Africa’s urbanisation pressures demand. Investors, lenders and developers will miss the market if they do not consider the realities of affordability and the very real need for scale and sustainability across the continent. What kinds of alternative building technologies should be considered? And how can these be financed?

The 2014 AUHF conference sought to address a key challenge faced by housing lenders, developers, and policy makers across the continent: meeting the demand for the scale delivery of affordable and sustainable housing. The AUHF conference looked at sustainable housing and new green technologies, rapid construction methodologies that address scale, and affordable construction technologies that realise housing affordability for lower income earners. Mechanisms to finance these approaches were considered on the second day, which ended with a 30th anniversary celebration of the AUHF’s founding in 1984. The conference was coupled with an exhibition of alternative building technology providers, and raised the profile of this key issue for demand among policy makers and practitioners across the continent.

Conference Documents

AUHF Programme

Keynote address: Championing ABTs in affordable housing in the Western Cape – the case of Delft
by Western Cape Minister for Human Settlements, MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela
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Welcome Address: Bridging the gap between affordability and energy efficiency
by Andreas Zehnder, President, International Union for Housing Finance
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EarthBags: Promoting affordable, sustainable, self-build in Rwanda
by Yutaka Sho, Partner, GA Collaborative, Rwanda
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Making green affordable – experiences from Tanzania
by Issack Peter, Director of Innovation, National Housing Corporation, Tanzania
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The moladi housing initiative
by Hennie Botes, Founder & CEO, Moladi
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CITIC’s housing construction capacity & experience in Africa
by Wu Zhixin, Advisor for Building Sector & Advisor to President of Africa Region, CITIC Construction Ltd
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Achieving affordable housing operating target costs by adapting European bio-climatic construction know-how to South African construction guidelines
by Roberto Pane, International Business Development, Silicawood
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Promoting Affordability, Accessibility and Stability: Contractual Savings for Housing
by Andreas Zehnder, International Union for Housing Finance
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Innovative Housing Finance in Nigeria via Public Private Partnership (PPP)– New Wemabod Estate , Ibafo, Ogun State as a Case Study
by Temitope Olayinka Ojo, Tope Ojo and Tunde Olonisakin Estate Surveyors and Valuers
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Client acceptance of ABTs – experiences from Namibia
by Vinson Hailulu, CEO, National Housing Enterprise, Namibia
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PPC: A demand-led approach to affordable housing
by Yogesh Narsing, Executive: Special Projects, PPC
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Challenges in financing middle income housing in Africa
by Jan van der Merwe, Fund Partner, Pan African Housing Fund, Phatisa
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Why don’t we have more developers of affordable housing? And what can we do?
by Debra Erb, MD Housing Programs, SME Finance, OPIC
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Chinese investment in residential construction in Africa: the role of ABTs
by Mi Zhou, Deputy Director, Institute of World Economy, CAITEC, China
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EDGE and Green Financing for Homes
by Sabin Basnyat, Energy Efficient Specialist, IFC
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Green Housing Finance – KfW’s experience
by Karl von Klitzing, Principal Project Manager, KfW Development Bank, Germany
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Green financing for affordable housing projects in Kenya
by Frank Ireri, CEO, Housing Finance Kenya
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The legal framework for ABTs in South Africa
by Dr Jeffrey Mahachi, Advisor: Special Projects, National Home Builders Registration Council
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Unique partnerships: Lafarge’s affordable housing project in Zambia
by Emmanuel Rigaux, CEO, Lafarge Zambia
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MicroBuild Facility: Emerging Lessons
by Ezekiel Esipisu, Associate Director for Programmes, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Habitat for Humanity International
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Getting MFIs to grow to scale in providing housing microfinance
by Ruth Odera, Regional Housing Microfinance Manager, Habitat for Humanity International
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Supporting effective home improvements financed with housing microfinance
by Victor Mints, International Finance Corporation
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The potential of modern methods of construction as levers for achieving scale & affordability
by James Mugerwa, CEO, Shelter Afrique
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Case study: A view of ABTs
by Lee Mhlongo, CEO FNB Affordable Housing Finance
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Case study: e’lite Build
by Adam Seymour, e’lite Build
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Case study: Motlekar Roof and Tile
by Motlekar Roof and Tile
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Case study: Kavango Block Brick
by Heinrich Schroeder, Kavango Block Brick
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Goodwill Message at the 30th Anniversary of the AUHF
by Honourable Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development of Nigeria, Mrs Akon E Eyakenyi
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AUHF conference 2013- Mobilising Capital for Housing Finance

The 29th annual conference of the AUHF addressed a key challenge faced by housing lenders across the continent: raising enough capital to meet the growing demand for housing finance. Hosted by AUHF-member, the Mauritius Housing Company, the AUHF conference included presentations by industry experts, panel discussions focusing on Chinese investment in residential development in Africa, on new investment opportunities and challenges, and on donor investment interest in housing finance in Africa.  The Mauritius Housing Company offered a visit to three of its housing projects on the third day.  The conference attracted over 100 businesses and governments from across 23 countries, mainly in Africa  and globally, to consider the opportunities of investing in housing finance in Africa.

Locating Housing Finance in Investor Agendas
by Richard Tait – Managing Director, Afrasia Corporate Finance
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Housing Investment in Mauritius- Extending the reach down-market
by Manilall Seetohul- Managing Director, Mauritius Housing Company
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A new landscape of housing finance investors
by Rob Wesselo- Managing Partner & Country Director, International Housing Solutions
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A new landscape of housing finance investors
by Ashraf Esmael- CEO Bramer Bank, Mauritius
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Donor perspectives on housing finance investment in Africa
by Stefan Nalletamby- Co-ordinator, MFW4A Donor Working Group
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Donor perspectives on housing finance investment in Africa
by Isadora Bigourdan-Investment Officer, Agence Francaise de Developpement
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Donor perspective on housing finance investment in Africa
by Britt Gwinner- International Finance Corporation
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Donor perspectives on housing finance investment in Africa
by Francois St-Pierre- Director: Operations & Credit, Desjardins Internationale Development
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Donor perspectives on housing finance investment in Africa
by Issa Faye- Research Division Manager, African Development Bank Group
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Raising Capital for an inner city mortgage company promoting rental housing
by Vinson Hailulu, CEO, National Housing Enterprise, Namibia
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Understanding & Harnessing Chinese investement interest
by Liu Jianguo- Snr Exec Director, China Africa Development Fund
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Understanding & Harnessing Chinese investement interest
by Liu Jianguo- Snr Exec Director, China Africa Development Fund
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Understanding & Harnessing Chinese investement interest
by Mi Zhou- Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation
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Understanding & Harnessing Chinese investment interest
by Reginald Motswaiso- CEO, Botswana Housing Corporation
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Understanding & Harnessing Chinese investment interest
by Allan Cain- Director, Development Workshop, Angola
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How have liquidity facilities helped access to local capital market?
by Oscar Mgaya- CEO, Tanzania Mortgage Refinance Company
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Caisse Regionale de Refinancement Hpothecaire de I’UEMOA
by Christain Agossa- Director General, CRRH- UEMOA
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Mobilising Savings & Pension Assets
by Andreas Zehnder- President, International Union for Housing Finance
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SPEECH: Mobilising Savings & Pension Assets
by Andreas Zehnder- President, International Union for Housing Finance
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Getting a rating to raise funding for housing microfinance
by Joaquim Catinda- CEO, KixiCredito, Angola
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The housing investors dashboard- capturing the right data and identifying gaps
by Kecia Rust- Housing Finance Specialist, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa
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Accessing the Capital Market: Housing Finance Kenya’s experience in issuing two bonds
by Frank Ireri- CEO, Housing Finance Company, Kenya
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Structuring Public Private Partnerships in housing: Shelter Afrique
by Alassane Ba- CEO, Shelter Afrique
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Basel III & its impact on Mortgage Finance
by Raj Dussoye- CEO, Bank One, Mauritius
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Investment Opportunities in Mauritius
by Ken Poonoosamy- Managing Director, Board of Investments, Mauritius
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The role of Central Banks in encouraging investment in housing
by Mr Yandraduth Googoolye, First Deputy Governor, Bank of Mauritius
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AUHF conference 2012- Growing Housing Opportunities in Africa: Encouraging investment / Growing the market

A joint conference offered by the African Union for Housing Finance and the Bank of Tanzania’s Housing Finance Programme

8 – 10 October 2012, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Africa’s rapidly developing economies and cities offer tremendous opportunities, and challenges, for housing development and investment. Urbanisation rates in Africa are the highest in the world, and positive growth over the last decade has put many countries in a position to assertively address the housing situations of their populations. While the mortgage sector remains small, developments in many countries suggests that this is changing.Housing practitioners across the continent are beginning to grapple with and understand the opportunities available and are developing precisely targeted products and projects. Their work begins to chart pathways for new entrants into the sector, and this will contribute towards the growth of the housing sector across the continent. Governments, too, are recognising the integral role of housing in overall economic growth, and are addressing the regulatory and policy constraints to housing investment, opening up further opportunities for growth.

To showcase and promote these opportunities, the African Union for Housing Finance and the Housing Finance Programme of the Bank of Tanzania have joined forces to offer a conference with the theme “Growing Housing Opportunities in Africa: Encouraging Investment and Growing the Market”.

It is fortuitous to offer the conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development and the Bank of Tanzania are working together in a partnership with the World Bank, and with the private sector, to grow housing opportunities in a focused way. Tanzania’s experiences in growing its mortgage market and promoting the delivery of affordable housing, while also actively addressing the market where mortgages cannot go, will be showcased. The experiences in Tanzania will be of particular interest to other countries exploring the potential of a mortgage liquidity facility, or who have already ventured on this path and wish to consider alternative approaches to the concept. The first day will focus on ways to encourage investor interest, through the development of sustainable investment models, the collection of data and the development of lender track records.

The focus of the second day is on growing the market through the development of niche market interventions and products that meet the breadth of the housing need. The day starts with a showcase of successful developments in progress – delegates will be invited to choose four, of up to ten projects, which will be presented simultaneously in a “housing developments marketplace”. This is followed by a session exploring different ways in which the needs of the low-income population can be served – from the provision of micro-mortgages through to sustainable housing microfinance. The different examples offer housing practitioners useful insight into opportunities for their own growth and development.

This conference will enable delegates to define their own role in growing housing opportunities in Africa. Whether delegates are government officials, investors, developers, lenders or members of civil society, the conference will offer each participant useful insights and evidence for promoting housing in their own local contexts.

Investment Facilitation- Growing Sector in Tanzania
by Raymond Mbilinyi- Executive Director at Tanzania Investment Centre
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Tanzania Housing Market Analysis: An Analysis
by James Mutero- Consultant with CPCS- an international consulting firm based in Canada
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Housing Microfinance in Tanzania
by Eugen Doce- Financial Advisory services at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
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The Role of Mortgage Liquidity Facility in Housing Finance
by Charles Singili- Managing director of Azania Bank Limited
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The Role of Mortgage Liquidity Facilities & Mortgage Guarantee programmes in Housing Finance
by Chung Chee Leong- Chief Executive Officer of Cagamas Berhard
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Credit Information Sharing
by Wachira Ndege- Group CEO of CRB Africa Group
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Role of Credit Rating Agency in Malaysian Bond Market
by Chong Kwee Siong- Technical advisor, Group CEO Office RAM Office Berha
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New Urban Finance Fund for Africa
by Bonnie Hewson- Newline Advisors LLC Fund Manager
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What Does IFC Look For in Housing Investments
by Britt Gwinner- IFC Program Manager Housing Finance
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Sustainable Housing Finance
by Mark Weinrich- International Union for Housing Finance
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Opportunities and Challenges to providing Affordable Housing: The Experience of National Housing Corporation Tanzania
by Nehemiah Kyando Mchechu- CEO of National Housing Corporation
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Home Loan Guarantors Africa ReInsurance
by Ethel Mathenge- Sebesho- Home Loan Guarantors Africa
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Housing Microfinance Working Group Tanzania
by Judith Sando- Housing Microfinance Working Group, Tanzania
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An initiative for rural housing microfinance
by Altemius Millinga- CEO & Co- Finder of YOSEFO
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Growing Housing Opportunities in Africa
by Simon Walley- World Bank Housing Finance Program Co-ordinator
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Investment Facilitation- Growing Housing Sector in Tanzania
by Revocatus- Tanzania Investment Centre
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Capturing Investor Interest- Various data points in Africa’s Housing Finance
by Kecia Rust- Co-ordinator of FinMark Trust’s Centre for Affordable Housing Finance Africa
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Abbey Building Society PLC: A Growing track record of lending
by Akeem Akinfenwa- Group head of Strategy, Performance Management & Product Development at Abbey Building Society
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