Save the date! Housing Finance Webinar Series

13.07.2017, Global

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". Lao Tzu

Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) and the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) are pleased to announce the start of a series of webinars whose first edition will be on Residential Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) in Affordable Housing, on 13 July 2017.

The high urbanisation and economic growth rates combined with a demographic boom have brought into sharp focus the housing market dynamics in Africa. Yet, tackling the affordable housing challenge could feel like "a journey of a thousand miles". Many households cannot afford basic formal housing or mortgage loans. Building affordable housing comes with a high-level of complexity involving many interrelated components in the housing delivery value chain, and players with conflicting incentives. It is often costly with cumbersome regulatory requirements and a backlog of basic infrastructure. Housing Finance, a critical link in the housing value chain, is constrained by a lack of access to long-term funds.

Nevertheless, housing affordability in Africa is a challenge that cannot be overlooked. There is evidence that this challenge is increasingly being addressed with innovative products that are creating new opportunities for investment and housing delivery. Across the continent, the housing finance sector has been going through considerable growth and changes. This is paving the way for new solutions that have the potential to scale-up new developments, and accelerate Africa's journey to closing the affordable housing gap.

Understanding these challenges and opportunities is at the heart of what we want to achieve at both the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance (CAHF) and the Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A). Both our institutions recognize the need to make financial markets work in Africa in order to support the housing affordability gap. We do this by addressing the knowledge gap, building local and regional capacity, and raising awareness about the challenges of the sector.

It is in this collaborative spirit that the CAHF and the MFW4A are pleased to announce the start of a series of webinars on housing finance in Africa, starting on 13 July, 2017. The webinar will showcase research findings and market intelligence on the affordable housing sector in Africa.

Join us to hear fresh and experience-led perspectives from experts who are playing a pivotal role in driving knowledge and understanding in the affordable housing market. Participants will be able to delve into the nuances and specificities of housing finance development, and engage in discussions on the various innovative products required for housing markets to thrive.


MODULE 1 - REITs in Affordable Housing: Unlocking the Potential in Africa
13th July, 2017 | 1:00pm GMT

MODULE 2 - Angola's Housing Finance Sector
September, 2017 (TBC)

MODULE 3 - Tracking Housing Construction
November, 2017 (TBC)

MODULE 4 - Tanzania's Housing Finance Sector
December, 2017 (TBC)