Europe, Middle East and Africa

Media contacts

Habitat for Humanity has extensive knowledge of the housing and shelter sector throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

For comments and interviews on today’s housing news, we can connect you with spokespeople across the region.

Please contact:

Katerina Bezgachina
Manager, PR & Media
Habitat Europe, Middle East and Africa
Phone: +421 2 336 690 35

Habitat can also offer detailed information, case studies, and housing research as well as hi-resolution photos to cover regional housing issues or specific problems in a country.

Housing in the News

Al Jazeera, Mar 2019: Inside Skopje, Europe's most polluted capital city

Every winter, North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, becomes enveloped in a smog of pollution. Non-eco friendly residential heating - like burning wood or even plastic - is considered one of the chief contributors to the pollution. Residents struggle to stay warm with high energy costs and poor insulation.

Devex, Mar 2019: How housing microfinance in Africa can improve quality of life

In sub-Saharan Africa, the poor have very limited access to long-term financing for housing, which is almost invariably limited to commercial banks offering formal, multiyear mortgages. Owning a home is beyond the reach of the vast majority.

Pangea Accelerator, 2019: Habitat For Humanity Drives Innovation in Market System by Connecting Startups and Corporates

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 saw thirty early stage and scale-up businesses and twenty-one corporate organisations in Kenya meet in Nairobi to interact and discuss opportunities for collaboration on innovative affordable housing solutions. The event was organized by the ShelterTech Accelerator Program led by Habitat for Humanity and implemented by BDO East Africa in collaboration with Pangea Accelerator.


Building and Decor, 2018: Housing Africa’s urban dwellers

With the rapid expansion of cities in Africa, the challenge is for urban planning to include affordable housing solutions as well as provisions for sufficient clean water, electricity and sanitation.


Financial Times, Nov 2018 - Jan 2019: Seasonal Appeal for Habitat for Humanity

The Financial Times has chosen Habitat for Humanity as its 2018/19 seasonal appeal charity partner. We are really excited to work with Financial Times journalists and tell stories that demonstrate the global scale of the housing crisis.


next billion, Oct 31, 2018: Report: Habitat for Humanity finds Housing Microfinance helps improve living conditions in Kenya

A new report from Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter shows that low-income people in Kenya who obtain innovative microfinance loans to improve their housing also experience a significant increase in their quality of life.


Bizcommunity, Oct 25, 2018: Habitat for Humanity addresses Africa's unique housing challenges at local leadership conference

Land tenure, access to affordable housing finance, and cost-effective construction methods and materials are some of the unique African issues that need solutions. Habitat for Humanity hosted a leadership conference in South Africa to discuss how to overcome these challenges.


Africa News, Oct 11, 2018: ShelterTech Accelerator comes to Kenya

The program is making its Africa debut in Kenya, joining previous successful implementation in Mexico and current implementation in India. From November 2018 until May 2019, it will work on improving access to quality housing for low-income households. 

ESPN, Aug 3, 2018: NBA stars building homes at Habitat for Humanity

"The NBA does care, and many of the guys in the NBA come from poor circumstances, they understand these circumstances very well, so being able to do something to give back to the community makes us feel better."

ONE, Jul 25, 2018: How the BUILD Act can help families build homes in developing countries

The MicroBuild Fund is the first housing-focused microfinance investment vehicle dedicated to helping low-income families. The fund lends to microfinance institutions, which provide small loans to families to build and improve safe, decent, and durable homes as their finances allow.

Reuters, Jul 12, 2018: Microfinance could help African cities solve housing crisis: experts

About 40 percent of Africa’s one billion people already live in towns and cities and the World Bank predicts the urban population will double over the next 25 years, putting huge pressure on housing. Microfinance could help to solve the housing crisis.


Place, Jul 12, 2018: Microfinance - a silver bullet to help African cities solve their housing crisis?

"It could take up to two generations for people to build their home incrementally if they don't have financing. Small loans with short repayment terms make it possible for people to complete the process more quickly."  told Sandra Prieto, Habitat for Humanity, to the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of a housing conference in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

The Huffington Post, Jul 11, 2018: The Netherlands Plans To Build World’s First Habitable 3D-Printed Concrete Homes

“3D printing, innovative construction materials like earth bricks in Africa, and a lot of innovation around bamboo construction in Asia are welcome technological breakthroughs, and making construction cheaper and more uniform is definitely a good step,” said Katerina Bezgachina, Habitat for Humanity. “But unfortunately constructing houses isn’t only about building cheaper and faster. You need permits, access to land and [to overcome] administrative hurdles and corruption.”


Emirates News Agency, Jul 3, 2018: OFID, Habitat for Humanity International sign agreement to boost living conditions in Monrovia

The OPEC Fund for International Development, OFID, has signed a grant agreement with Habitat for Humanity International to support a project aimed at improving living conditions for slum dwellers on Peace Island, Greater Monrovia, Liberia.


Devex, Jun 4, 2018: Opinion: How to turn housing microfinance mainstream

Article about the gap in access to housing finance among low-income households in sub-Saharan Afica. If addressed properly, it could create an estimated $200-$250 billion dollars in profits for financial institutions and allow low-income families to make gradual home improvements. Written by Sandra Prieto, Habitat for Humanity, and Ruth Dueck-Mbeba, Mastercard Foundation.

Devex, Apr 19, 2018: Opinion: The business case for housing microfinance

Kevin Chetty, director at the Habitat`s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter argues that housing microfinance can be beneficial for both the low-income families and financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Our Business Case on Housing Microfinance was launched on 5 April, 2018. It has been published in several media:
KBC Channel 1 TV, 8 Mar 2018: Business Insight - Housing the Nation

Habitat for Humanity`s project manager Ruth Odera talks to Caroline Njenga about affordable housing in Kenya. Collaborative efforts of governments, financial institutions, suppliers of materials and developers are key to creating access to cheap and affordable housing for low-income individuals.


KBC Channel 1 TV, Feb 28 2018: Family Matters - Affordable Housing

Ruth Odera from Habitat`s Terwilliger Center in Kenya is discussing:

  • Why are houses so expensive?
  • What can governments do to make housing affordable for more individuals?
  • Do we know what are people`s actual preferences and needs? 


El pais, 7 Feb 2018: New Decent Homes in Tabagne, Ivory Coast

An initiative of a group of activists from a small village in Ivory Coast caught attention of the leading Spanish newspaper El Pais. Local association applied for support from Habitat and built 30 new houses in Tabagne.


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