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Housing policy-making in Africa: Ten common assumptions

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Ten constant assumptions seem to rule policy-making on housing in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are:1. Urban land and housing are expensive and more unaffordable than in the past.2. Rents are too high and skyrocketing.3. The solution to the housing problem is to build housing more cheaply.4. Mortgages for more/poorer households are a large part of the solution.5. Affordable housing is possible through formal sector private investments.6. Establishment of a National Housing Trust Fund will help many households own their own home.7. Housing affordability depends upon household income.8. Land registration is the solution to non-bankable land.9. New supply policy should be based on single household villas on serviced plots.10. Every household should become an owner of housing.From recent experience in seven countries in the region, this paper argues that these are generally untrue and work against the effective provision of appropriate housing affordable by the majority of households in Sub-Saharan Africa. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tipple G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Habitat International

Year: 2015

Volume: 49

Pages: 413-418

Print publication date: 01/10/2015

Online publication date: 23/06/2015

Acceptance date: 09/06/2015

ISSN (print): 0197-3975

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5428

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.06.003


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