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 who is picking up its work at UN Habitat III.

10.19.2016
 
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In June this year, the Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN) hosted a two-day workshop in Ghana that encouraged peer-learning and networking between organisations from the housing sector. Now, roughly four months later, these activities bear first fruits as a new network on affordable housing emerges. It was launched by three aspiring Ghanaians with a strong passion for and long-time expertise in urban development, low-income housing and slum upgrading. Following the event in June, they teamed up and launched the Affordable Housing Network (AHN) for West-Africa.

The general goal of the new network is to promote affordable housing at all levels of government and society and to generate activities that lower the costs of housing development for low-income communities. On the occasion of this week’s UN-Habitat III Conference in Quito, the team of the AHN works eagerly to gain support for their work and to raise awareness on the current state of affordable housing in West Africa in the following session:

 “The Potential for scaling up Affordable Housing in West Africa”

Wednesday, 19th October 2016

12:30 - 1.30 pm America/Guayaquil Ecuador Time (ECT)

Room 14 Habitat III Conference Venue, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana Benjamin Carrion.

The session will showcase affordable housing opportunities in various West African countries, taking into account what has been achieved by the private sector so far and which policies are in place. Based on the opportunities and challenges in the sector, a new agenda ensuring sustainable delivery of affordable housing has been created. The one-hour session will feature a panel discussion, business networking and a competition for practitioners. The event will also give participants the opportunity to network with each other for continuous and sustained working relationships.

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