Pan African housing development financier, Shelter Afrique is calling on African governments to embrace pubic
private partnerships while developing housing projects to address the increasing shortage of affordable housing in Africa.
Speaking during a technical training session organized by the company to
train property developers and contractors, Shelter Afrique’s chief
executive officer Andrew Chimphondah said the housing challenge in Africa is
reaching a tipping point. He emphasized that both the private and public sector
players in the housing sector need to work in collaboration to realize
any tangible gains in achieving the dream of affordable housing across
“This is what has informed our new strategy, 2019-2022, which promotes
public private partnerships (PPPs) as the way to address the housing
deficit in Africa, however, when we make the call for PPPs, we must also
note that currently, there is a dire lack of capacity to deliver
large-scale development on the continent,” said Mr. Chimphondah.
To address this, Shelter Afrique has created the Centre of Excellence ( COE),
which will house and promote the research activities and will be the
point of contact for training, advocacy and capacity development in
housing and the built environment in Africa.
“The vision of the COE initiative is to be a one-stop platform for
research, development, capacity building, training and advisory to
support affordable housing delivery and urban development in Africa,”
Mr. Chimphondah said.
Speaking when he officially opened the training session, Housing
Secretary Patrick Bucha lauded shelter Afrique for convening such
training to boost the sector’s capacity for its effort in championing for
affordable housing, adding that it fits with the government’s agenda
of proving 500,000 housing units by 2022.
“The role of government has always been to create a conducive
environment for businesses and individuals to thrive; there is this
erroneous notion that government must be responsible for everything and
must deliver everything. This notion is not only unsustainable, but it
also does not give room for capacity development within various industries,
which is why we are happy today, that one of our partners has taken the
initiative to deepen capacity within the built industry, especially for
the Big Four Agenda,” Mr. Bucha said.
He noted that the national government had signed a memorandum of
understanding with 20 county governments to speed up the development of
the 500,000 housing units.
“For those of us concerned with delivering on the promises of
affordable housing, the task to improve our skillsets and to deepen our
capacity could not be more immediate; this is why the COE is not only necessary, but also timely. The Big Four agenda cannot just be a policy document; it must be a living thing. It must be
tangible; our citizens must be able to point to it, live in it,
experience it, this is how we are going to measure impact and success on
our end,” he said.
The masterclass builds on a similar one the company successfully held
for constructors and developers in Cameroon.