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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
E-mail: kbezgachina@habitat.org

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

 
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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