Habitat III: Affordable housing in West Africa
The 2016 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was held in Quito, Ecuador, from 12-20 October. Africa’s housing issues were discussed in several workshops, and one of the panels, organised by the Ghana branch of the Affordable Housing Network, was specifically devoted to West Africa. The goal was to assess the affordable housing policies targeting the region’s poor and disadvantaged, and to present some good examples of how to finance, promote and build low-cost housing. These exchanges contributed to the general debate of the Habitat III conference, which ended with the adoption of the “New Urban Agenda” that aims to make cities more inclusive, safer, more resilient and more sustainable.