Housing Finance for Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa faces a major housing challenge related to rapid urbanization and growth in informal settlements. The housing crisis has had a particularly negative effect on people’s well-being during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is urgent to scale up the construction of affordable housing and the improvement of existing housing. This requires robust and inclusive housing finance systems that offer diverse housing finance products, and are supported by effective policies and stimulus measures. The Housing FInance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa addresses the critical challenges faced by the housing finance industry in Sub-Saharan Africa and teaches the conceptual, managerial and practical tools needed to build strong housing finance systems. The course is meant for senior policy makers, bankers, investors, developers and housing professionals who seek to become constructive partners in improving and expanding housing finance systems in their countries.

The course is run as a partnership between the Urban Real Estate Research Unit (URERU) at the University of Cape Town and the International Housing Finance Program of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and is supported by the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa.

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Property Development and Investment

At the end of this course, you’ll have gained the skills to profit from and invest in property - one of the four major asset groups. You’ll learn how to identify the investor’s objectives, analyse and understand the investment climate and market conditions, and develop a financial analysis. You’ll be equipped with the knowledge you need to make an informed investment decision, identify the characteristics of both the residential and commercial sector and master their intricacies, and manage and market a property in the context of an emerging market. You’ll be inducted into the property industry if you’re new to the market, as well as explore new investment opportunities armed with a greater understanding of current market trends, if you’ve already established yourself in the property industry.

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