New Housing Policy Will Bring Many Benefits

By Dennis Obbo

On May 4, 2016, cabinet approved the Uganda National Housing Policy that seeks to promote the progressive realization of adequate housing for all.

It is premised on the principle of partnerships, involving the ministry of lands, housing and urban development on behalf of government, the private sector, landowners, financial institutions and cooperatives, among others.

In the new policy, the role of government will largely be to provide a conducive policy, legislative and regulatory framework to enable the stakeholders and other actors within the housing sector to act. Under a public-private partnership framework, government will provide key inputs such as the installation of utilities like electricity, water and sewerage on identified real estate development plots of land as well as leverage access to affordable financing for housing development.