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Affordable Land and Housing in Africa

Affordable Land and Housing in Africa

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Housing policy responses to address growing affordability problems and the improvement of substandard housing conditions
Housing policy responses to address growing affordability problems and the improvement of substandard housing conditions

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03/27/2014

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Three-to-six-storey apartment blocks

In Egypt, over half the urban population lives in
housing units in such developments produced by
the informal sector. Built with reinforced concrete
frame and slab construction with brick infill walls,
they have been found to be of remarkably good
quality.113

Multi storey walk-up flats

The affordable housing market in Libya is
dominated by this building type. Four to six
storey walk-up blocks of flats are also becoming
increasingly more dominant in Kenya, in particular
in the capital city, Nairobi.114

Single storey structures

In Mauritius, 69.5 per cent of the residential and
partly-residential buildings enumerated in the 2000
Housing and Population Census were single-storey
structures; 30.2 per cent had two storeys, and
about 0.3 per cent three or more storeys.115

Traditional housing

In Ghana almost half (48.9 per cent) of all
Ghanaian households live in accommodation
associated with the traditional compound house
(44.5 per cent live in compound rooms). Another
25.3 per cent lives in detached houses, while 15.3
per cent resides in semi-detached houses.116

In

Zambia, traditional housing accounts for 62.4 per
cent of the total and the housing stock.117

In Dar

es Salaam, Tanzania, the dominant housing type is
a variant of the traditional Swahili house typology,
the layout of which readily accommodates more
than one household.118

renting rooms in slums and informal settlements
for additional income.

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