Southern Africa need $84 billion for housing

Jan 17, 2021 | Botswana, eSwatini, Housing, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa

Southern Africa has an existing deficit of more than 4 million homes. The region will require an estimated $84 billion to invest in affordable homes to accommodate its rapidly growing and urbanising population.

Southern Africa need $84 billion for housing

Southern Africa has an existing deficit of more than 4 million homes. The region will require an estimated $84 billion to invest in affordable homes to accommodate its rapidly growing and urbanising population. Get in touch to find about housing projects in Southern Africa.

In 2020, Southern Africa had a population of 67 million people. Current estimates show a shortage of more than 4 million homes across the region. With the population estimated to grow by 11 percent over the next decade to 77 million people combined with a rapid urbanisation rate, a further 200 thousand affordable homes would be required.

If developers can set entry-level prices at less than $20,000 per unit, a rate which is currently well below the actual market rate, the Southern African region would require $84 billion over the next ten years to provide housing for all. This investment is significantly less than what is needed by other African regions, such as Central- and West Africa.   

Securing the investment is a crucial deliverable to achieve sustainable development goal 11 that deals with developing sustainable cities and communities for all. 

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