The Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) is an independent think tank based in South Africa, pursuing its mission of making Africa’s housing finance markets work. It grew out of the housing finance theme of the FinMark Trust, where its research and advocacy programme began in 2003. CAHF’s work extends across the continent and it is supported by and collaborates with a range of funders and partners.
FSD Africa has been a core funder and partner of CAHF since 2014, playing an instrumental role in enabling CAHF to establish itself as an independent entity and supporting its work in priority countries across the continent.
CAHF brings information to the market place to enable public and private sector stakeholders to make policy and investment decisions in favour of improved access to affordable housing. CAHF’s emphasis is on the role that finance plays in realising this, and it champion market intelligence—data, market analytics and research—to stimulate investor interest and to support better policy. CAHF is highly networked and engages with stakeholders at the local, national, regional and global levels to support the realisation of investment towards affordable housing in Africa.
CAHF’s Vision is of “an enabled affordable housing finance system in countries throughout Africa, where governments, business and practitioners work together to provide a wide range of housing options accessible to all.”
CAHF’s Mission is “to make Africa’s housing finance markets work, with special attention to access to housing finance for the poor, through the dissemination of research and market intelligence, the provision of strategic support, and ongoing engagement in both the public and the private sector; supporting increased investment, cross-sector collaborations and a market-based approach.”