• 10, 000 condominium homes handed to Addis Ababa residents

    In 2004, the Ethiopian government launched the Integrated Housing Development Programme (IHDP) to reduce slum areas and unemployment in Addis Ababa through low- and middle-income housing projects. Yesterday, the IHDP produced results and the city transferred 10,000 condominium houses to their future residents. According to AllAfrica, “to date, the Addis Ababa City Administration has transferred […]

  • A growing city, challenging housing options

    Owning a home is a reality for only a few in Accra. For most, even long-time residents, renting is the only option. The city’s housing market is like a pyramid: At its apex, a small international set – many of whom have lived or currently live abroad – own the most expensive residences. Moving down, […]

  • Zango: plans unravel

    Since 2001, Angola has engaged in large-scale rehousing efforts across Luanda. As the redevelopment of the capital proceeds, more and more residents who have built in “high-risk” areas – alongside roads that need to be widened or on areas demarcated for new projects ­– have been moved to various “social housing” areas: Panguila, Sapú, Projecto […]

  • Concrete politics

    Luanda, Angola’s capital, could easily be mistaken for an enormous construction site. Since the end of the civil war (1975 to 2002), the city’s oil-fuelled building boom has attracted investors from all parts of the world. As an everyday experience the result is dust, traffic, and uncertainty. Many reports marvel at the high-rises and mass […]

  • Tackling housing crises through new strategies

    ALGERIA: As part of its promise to build 1.2 million new homes by 2014, Algeria is partnering with international consortiums to speed up the process and improve quality. During workshops held on December 2nd in Tipaza, roughly a dozen American housing companies said they were willing to create joint venture companies to implement public housing projects […]

  • Fighting for citizens’ rights: An interview with SOS Habitat

    SOS Habitat is a Luanda-based civil society organisation that was founded by victims of housing demolitions in November 2002. The intention is to defend citizens’ land and housing rights by putting pressure on relevant entities to comply with Angolan and international law. SOS Habitat says its idea is to find a means of negotiating with […]

  • African architectures: Cazenga and urban redevelopment

    What should a contemporary African city look like, and what kinds of practices should it cater for? This question lies at the heart of discussions about the redevelopment of Cazenga, one of Luanda’s most well-known musseque areas. While planners argue that they will improve the quality of life of Cazenga’s inhabitants, the residents are worried […]

  • Kigali City: ensuring adequate housing for all

    KIGALI City needs at least 344,068 new housing units over the next ten years to accommodate the rapidly growing population, according to a new report by the city council. The report, released yesterday, indicates that half of the 223,000 houses in Kigali are in good shape, 32 per cent in dire need of upgrading, while the […]

  • A city too big to fail

    If Lagos were a person, she would wear a Gucci jacket and cheap hair weave, with a mobile phone in one hand, a second set in her back pocket, and the mother of all scowls on her face. She would usher you impatiently through her front door at an extortionate price before smacking you to […]