Housing Sector Profile Studies in Tunis (Tunisia), Dakar (Senegal), Kampala (Uganda) and Lilongwe (Malawi)

The world's urban population has recently reached 50% of the global total. This trend is expected to continue and intensify in developing countries, especially in Africa.

Recognizing that urban housing and poverty are closely intertwined, this grant will allow the United Nation's Habitat for Humanity (UN-HABITAT) to conduct comprehensive housing sector profile studies in four African cities: Tunis (Tunisia), Dakar (Sénégal), Kampala (Uganda) and Lilongwe (Malawi). The shelter profiles will provide baseline data and generate a methodological tool for review of the shelter sector.

The findings are expected to help policymakers build the necessary legal, institutional and regulatory frameworks for increasing the supply of housing for the urban poor. The project will also allow comparison and exchange of experience between the four cities involved.

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Start Date

Monday, February 18, 2008

End Date

Monday, April 18, 2011


30 months

IDRC Officer

Gasengayire, Francois

Total funding

CA$ 474,950


North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Mohamed El Sioufi


United Nations Human Settlements Programme

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