By Abdi Ali
Published December 26, 2017
The Government of Kenya is working with contractors, developers, financiers and manufacturers of building materials to provide a million affordable housing units by 2022
Aidah Njeri Munano, Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, says the target of one million housing units has been made on the government’s recognition of housing as “a human right (Article 43 1 (b) of the constitution of Kenya) and a basic human need, third to food and clothing with social and economic benefits.”
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the second Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) Business Expo and Conference on December 1, 2017, Architect Munamo said the government is “keen on delivering one million housing Units by 2022 in urban areas across the nation.”
The programme, she said, will incorporate housing units, social facilities and physical, environmental and Commercial infrastructure.
“800,000 Units of the Programme will be provided through public private partnership (PPP) strategy while the Government is expected to facilitate in terms of providing infrastructure and social housing for the low income segment.”
The Principal Secretary said Kenya’s version of the global New Urban Agenda focuses on urban management and shelter strategies, rural – urban linkages and development, sustainable urbanisation, good governance, youth-empowerment, environmental protection, conservation and green energy, and capacity-development.
Munamo announced that the State Department of Housing and Urban Development that she heads is spearheading the National Urban Forum (NUF) that will bring together and ‘promotes participatory and multi dimensional approach by stakeholders in the sector to share experiences and best practices in addressing human settlement challenges’ on January 15-16, 2018.