Pan-African housing development financier, Shelter Afrique has entered into a strategic partnership with the World Bank aimed at addressing the affordable housing crisis evident across the continent.
The $200,000) Technical Assistance (TA) partnership will provide advisory services funded under the Joint Capital Markets Program (JCAP) aimed at supporting Shelter Afrique’s capital market programme.
The JCAP programme is an initiative of the World Bank Group (WBG) that would create deep, efficient, and well-regulated local capital markets for expanded access to long-term, local-currency finance in key areas such as climate, housing, and infrastructure.
The success of this technical assistance will determine future long-term partnership between the two institutions with a mix of possible interventions that could include support for member countries’ equity injections via country IDA allocation; direct lines of credit from World Bank, as well as credit guarantee schemes.
African countries are currently facing a housing crisis driven by high population growth, increased urbanisation, poor urban planning, dysfunctional land markets, rising construction costs, the proliferation of informal settlements, and underdeveloped financial systems.
Overall shortage of housing in Africa is estimated at 56 million housing units according to research from Shelter Afrique’s Centre of Excellence (CoE). Out of this, more than 90 per cent are in the affordable housing bracket.
The study noted that the solution lies in a well-coordinated and collaborative effort among all stakeholders, including governments, multilateral institutions, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.
“Shelter Afrique aims to build strategic partnerships and alliances with key industry players as part of its sustainable recovery and growth strategy,” said Andrew Chimphondah, Shelter Afrique Chief Executive Officer.
“We are grateful to the World Bank for offering technical assistance support which will be key in completing our turnaround programme.”
The strategic partnership with the World Bank will enhance Shelter Afrique’s institutional, operational, and technical capacity targeting the reinstatement of investment-grade credit rating and a strong return to the capital markets.
“We anticipate that this partnership will help to deepen ShAf’s impact on Kenya’s affordable housing value chain, in particular, the supply side, and subsequently help to bring down the country’s housing deficit,” said Simon Walley, World Bank Lead Financial Sector Specialist. The Guardian