Africa's housing finance under spotlight at South African conference

Africa’s housing finance under spotlight at South African conference

Housing finance in Africa will be under the spotlight at the 6th African Microfinance Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa, on 13-15 August 2013, Kecia Rust, spokesperson for the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF), tweeted this week.

The event will take place at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC).

The 2013 conference, themed Financial Inclusion: from Policy to Practice, will focus, among others, on the trends in policies and practices in housing finance in Africa drawing from experiences in African markets and elsewhere, the organisers said.

The sessions will explore policy interventions that lead to growth in the housing and housing finance sector, as well as case studies of housing microfinance products in microfinance institutions. They will also look into the practices that have been introduced and tested in the region and general trends in the housing finance sector in Africa.

Despite battling serious challenges such as poverty, banks’ discrimination towards low-income earners, poor infrastructure and rising urban pressures, CAHF said in its latest housing finance report that African housing markets are nevertheless dynamic and growing.

Who should attend this conference?

• Practitioners

• Service providers

• Researchers

• Policy makers

• Opinion formers

• Regulators

• Supporters

To make your voices heard in the housing finance’s policies and practices, email CAHF’s Olga Koma at

For more information on the event, email Melanie Sillince at or call (27) 11 786 5683.

*Photo by Fatuma Camara.


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