African ministers and heads of delegations from the ministries responsible for housing and urban development, African finance ministers, the directors and management of Shelter Afrique as well as representatives of international, regional and national institutions, the private sector and civil society have agreed to improve the mechanisms for the mass production of decent and decent materials affordable housing on the continent to achieve social and economic development.
In a communique entitled “Declaration by Yaoundé At the 40th annual general meeting of Shelter Afrique from June 21 to 24, 2021 in Yaoundé Cameroon, the participants decided to face the challenges that have hampered efforts to achieve decent and affordable housing in Africa.
Regarding the statement, Andrew Chimphondah, Managing Director and CEO of Shelter Afrique Group, praised attendees for taking the “bold move”, adding that the Declaration by Yaoundé had turned a new page in Africa’s search for housing for everyone.
“According to a study by the Center of Excellence (CoE) at Shelter Afrique, the housing shortage in Africa is estimated at 56 million housing units. More than 90 percent of this is in affordable housing. The solution to this shortcoming lies in a well coordinated and collaborative effort by all stakeholders, including governments, multilateral institutions, nonprofits and the private sector. I am happy that the Declaration by Yaoundé has highlighted some of these challenges and all stakeholders, including governments, stand ready to urgently address the shortage, “said Chimphondah.
Real estate crisis
Most African countries are currently facing a housing crisis caused by high population growth, increasing urbanization, poor urban planning, dysfunctional land markets, rising construction costs, the proliferation of informal settlements and underdeveloped financial systems.
The declaration deals in detail with the issues of leadership and governance, politics and legislation, coordination, land systems, finance and taxes, capacity building and the introduction of new building technologies.
“Effective policies and legislation are vital to address all of these challenges as they address quality control issues in the provision of decent and affordable housing, the provision of housing for vulnerable groups, the land ownership system, the adoption of building technologies and even the Financing will be tackled. “. That’s why we made a decision Four decades of housing policy in Africa as a topic for our 40the Annual General Meeting while we look forward to the next 40 years of affordable housing, ”said Chimphondah.
To ensure the implementation of the resolutions contained in the declaration, the delegates appointed a team of six, led by Shelter Afrique Head of Legal Services, Houda Boudlali, and the UN Habitat Regional Advisor, Dr.
The duo is led by Shelter Afrique Head of Policy, Research and Partnership Dr. Muhammad Gambo and Shelter Afrique Regional Business Manager Edmond Adjikpe as reporters and Shelter Afrique Ag supported. Company secretary Natasha Koli and Shelter Afrique Head of Communication and External Affairs Babatunde Oyateru as members.
Each member state must nominate a dialogue partner who will report to the members of the monitoring group on the implementation of the recommendations, who will report on the status of implementation of the resolutions at the next meeting of 41 nextst General Assembly of Shelter Afrique in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Member States present that have adopted the resolution to adopt the declaration include Algeria, Benin, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Lesotho , Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Togo, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe.