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African Union for housing finance (AUHF)

est. 1984


The African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) is a non-profit trade organization, created in June 1984 as an affiliate of the International Union for Housing Finance (IUHF), that aims to promote housing finance on the African continent.

AUHF seeks to reach this objective by promoting a greater understanding of savings and home ownership in Africa, including the rights and responsibilities of both lenders and borrowers; assisting in the application of appropriate technology to the improvement of housing in Africa; encouraging members to conduct their business in an ethical manner, raising technical and financial standards and helping members to expand the scope of their activities; consulting with governments and international organisations in meeting housing needs in Africa and finally, developing training programmes, information exchanges and carrying out research.

The purpose of the AUHF is thus to mobilize funds for shelter and housing, on the African continent.

The AUHF is currently constituted of representatives from 37 African housing organisations from 17 countries and an honorary member.


As an association of organizations actively involved in the mobilization of funds for shelter and housing on the African continent, the AUHF actively seeks ways to incorporate and assist participation in the housing finance market in Africa. The AUHF is committed to the development of sustainable housing finance markets that address the needs in member countries and regions throughout Africa. It is grounded by the following objectives:

  • To develop the institutional capacity of its members to enable them to effectively participate in addressing housing finance challenges on the continent;
  • To engage with governments through member institutions
  • To position the AUHF as a key point of reference in housing finance matters on the continent
  • To secure sustainable resources to meet and implement the objectives of the AUHF
  • To develop partnerships with other regional and continental bodies on the African continent