Uganda: Shelter Afrique to implement US$200-m housing project

07 November 2014

20,000 Uganda citizens will benefit from the new housing project to be implemented by Shelter Afrique (SAf) in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

The project will be developed over four years and construct 4,000 commercial and social housing units, schools, health centers and waste management facilities on 650 acres in various parts of the country.

Uganda’s Prime Minister says government is committed to providing affordable houses for its citizens and is supporting institutions whose agenda is to improve housing and grow per capita income of ordinary Ugandans. Uganda is currently experiencing a high rate of urbanisation with increased rural to urban migration.

This new housing project then comes at an even better time when the Government is trying to come up with sustainable housing projects that can accommodate everyone.

The construction project will be implemented under a public-private partnership with the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development and will be launched officially early next year. Other partners in the project include 44 SAf member countries, the African Development Bank and Africa Reinsurance Company.

Last year reports indicated that Uganda had a housing deficit of 500,000 units, with Kampala alone accounting for 100,000 units.

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