How Rwanda Can Solve Affordable Housing Challenge

By: Francis Byaruhanga

The Kigali city authority last week said providing affordable housing is one of the key priorities now. City of Kigali mayor Monique Mukaruliza said the authority is seeking ways to avail affordable housing to city residents.

“That is our prime focus,” she said on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 7th edition of the World Bank Metropolitan Strategic Planning Laboratory at the City Hall.

A study by the City of Kigali, the Ministry of Infrastructure, and the European Union (EU) indicated that Kigali could face a housing deficit of 344,000 homes in 2020. Between 800-1,000 housing units hit the market annually, with supply skewed towards high-income earners, leaving the majority of city dwellers without decent homes.