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The Inclusive Business Hub database gives information on inclusive business models, also for housing!

The Inclusive Business Hub database gives information on inclusive business models, also for housing!

The Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN) and the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business launched a Beta version of a database full of resources about inclusive business. You can search for organizations that provide financial assistance for inclusive businesses and more: 

  1. Publications: listing inclusive business publications from across the globe, developed by the Practitioner Hub, IBAN, and Ashoka.
  2. Organisations: listing organisations that provide financial and/or technical support to inclusive businesses, developed by the Practitioner Hub, Asian Development Bank and Connect to Grow.
  3. Other Inclusive Businesses: listing companies with inclusive business models in Asia, developed by the Asian Development Bank
 
Affordable Housing in Nigeria – Get market insights and learn about best practices!

Affordable Housing in Nigeria – Get market insights and learn about best practices!

Are you interested to find out how organizations and businesses are tackling the housing gap of 17million units in Nigeria?

The Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN) recently published a short market brief introducing six approaches that address the needs of the Nigerian population for new buildings or the improvement of existing ones.

 
Architecture and Design as Solution for Affordable Housing - Interview with Christophe Hutin, Architect of Hauts Plateaux, France

Architecture and Design as Solution for Affordable Housing - Interview with Christophe Hutin, Architect of Hauts Plateaux, France

Today, more than half of the world population is living in urban areas: more than 3.7 billion people. By 2050, this number will more than double. The current development of urbanization we observe either goes into the direction of slums, informal settlements or sterile mass housing high-rise districts. Such developments are neither safe nor aesthetic but the two similarly portray the need for architecture which combines affordability with inhabitants’ desire for aesthetics. An interview with Christophe Hutin, Architect of “Hauts Plateaux” in Bègles, France, will shed more light on existing architectural ideas that already solve this issue of access to architecture and design.

 
Access to Trained Labor - An Interview with Samuel Gondwe of UNCTAD and ITC

Access to Trained Labor - An Interview with Samuel Gondwe of UNCTAD and ITC

The construction sector in the developing markets is relying to more than 80% on a workforce which is fed by the informal sector. This often means that the workers are not adequately trained to work in the construction sector which causes immediate health and safety issues. Even worse, this untrained work force is not able to build high quality buildings. Building collapse crises such as in Nigeria, Brazil or Bangladesh, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured, are symptomatic for the effects an untrained workforce can have on a whole building. An interview with Samuel Gondwe, National Projects officer for UNCTAD and the ITC, will shed more light on existing solutions for access to trained labor.

 
New West African Affordable Housing Network picks up its work at UN Habitat III

New West African Affordable Housing Network picks up its work at UN Habitat III

In June this year, the Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN) hosted a two-day housing sector dialogue in Ghana that encouraged peer-learning and networking between organisations from the housing sector. The fruits that this workshop bear are highlighted in this article: The Affordable Housing Network (AHN) for West Africa which is picking up its work at UN Habitat III by showcasing affordable housing opportunities in various West African countries in a one hour session.

 
Access to Housing Finance - An Interview with Friedemann Roy of the International Finance Corporation

Access to Housing Finance - An Interview with Friedemann Roy of the International Finance Corporation

In developing countries, only 7% of the adults have an outstanding loan to purchase a home while only 5% of them have a loan to build, renovate or extend their home. Helping individuals to get access to housing finance is thus a powerful lever to provide more access to housing for the population in need: as much as 90% globally. An interview with Friedemann Roy, Global Product Lead Housing Finance at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), will shed more light on existing solutions for access to housing finance.

 
Access to Land Titles: An Interview with Peter Rabley of Omidyar Network
10.17.2016

Access to Land Titles: An Interview with Peter Rabley of Omidyar Network

Property rights are deficient or non-existent in most of emerging countries. Especially for the low-income people of emerging markets, it is extremely difficult to buy property because they don't have the proper documentation necessary. Building on land without proper documentation can lead to wrong evictions and forced displacement which in turn creates a glass ceiling to building decent housing for themselves. But solutions do exist. An interview with Peter Rabley, Director of Investments at Omidyar Network, will shed more light on existing solutions for access to property rights. 

 
Jamii Bora Brings a Holistic Approach to Affordable Housing
11.30.2015

Jamii Bora is a microfinance institution that successfully developed an affordable, green neighborhood of 2,000 homes in Kaputei, Kenya. We analyze the strengths of the project's business model and offer insights about what the accomplishments reveal for the affordable housing sector. 

 
Comfama’s Rent-to-Own Affordable Housing Model
11.13.2015

A Colombian employee benefits fund known as Comfama shows that housing finance is not only in the domain of microfinance institutions. Through a rent-to-own business model, Comfama helps low-income customers find a home while building their credit history.

 
UN-Habitat Turns Kibera's Mud Huts into Apartment Towers
11.12.2015

The UN-Habitat is building 822 apartment units for Nigeria's lowest-income populations. Amid the successes the project has faced many challenges. Still, the UN-Habitat's project provides a model for how the hardest-to-reach customers can be engaged in the process of owning their own homes. What does this project tell us about the scalability of similar projects? Can this model be replicated? 

 

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