Building for the affluent

As part of the original plan of the government, which aims at alleviating severe housing shortage in rapidly urbanizing Addis Ababa, private real estate developers have made their mark on the city in the past decade.

Some of them are accredited for the emergence of new neighborhoods in the outskirts of the capital. As per the original design the private developer sub-sector was tasked to serve both the middle and high-income groups. Nevertheless, a decade and a package of incentives away, this sub-sector remains an exclusive club to the high-income group and the high-end property market. And they don’t seem to be going down the income ladder anytime soon, writes Asrat Seyoum.

Recently, the Addis Ababa City Administration has announced yet again another new governance structure, the latest in a space of a few years' time. The newly proposed structure, which was later endorsed by the city council, entails a new cluster arrangement. The four new clusters—Land Development and Construction, Finance and Economy, Social Affairs and Good Governance—are expected to divide up the 16 bureaus (similar to ministries in the federal government), which are also permanent members of the city cabinet, and coordinate efforts to deliver results. The proposed arrangement is hoped to solve the age long problem that has besieging the city administration.