Targeted at housing finance practitioners, investors, developers, researchers, and government officials, this 2021 Yearbook—our 12th edition—provides an up-to-date review of practice and developments in housing finance and delivery in Africa, reflecting the dynamic change and growth evident in the market of each country over the past year.

We are extremely proud that the Yearbook has built a significant reputation in the sector, as a credible and unique source of valuable information on country housing markets.

Throughout its 12-year history, the Yearbook has retained a focus on the lower end of the market. While it does provide a general overview of housing, housing finance, and property markets in each country, what makes this publication unique is its explicit emphasis on affordable housing. These profiles focus on the critical need for housing and housing finance solutions that are explicitly targeted at households at the bottom of the income pyramid, for whom most commercially developed residential property is out of reach. In this respect, the Yearbook remains the only publication of this nature in Africa: no other source provides this type of updated information, focused on residential property, and targeted at the affordable market.

First published in 2010 with just fifteen countries included, the Yearbook has grown in scope and depth to contain fifty-five country profiles. For the fourth year, the publication is available in both French and English.

The real strength and uniqueness of the Yearbook is its collaborative nature, and the process of primary, decentralised data collection that underpins it. Individual country profiles are researched and authored by different housing and housing finance experts—where possible, we team up with in-country experts, while in some instances the authors are based elsewhere.

We are grateful to our sponsors for their support in the publication of the Yearbook:

We publish each profile, covering fifty-five countries, on our website. Find these profiles, the latest articles, documents, news and market players in each country and region.