Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook.

Deadline for applications: 1 July 2021, 16h00 CAT (South Africa time)

The flagship publication of CAHF, the Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook, is a highly-respected source of information on the state of the housing finance sector on the continent, targeted for housing finance practitioners, investors, researchers and government officials. 2020 will mark our 12th edition, which will be launched in November 2021–containing 55 country profiles and published simultaneously in English and French.

The Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook provides a current update of practice and developments in housing finance in Africa, reflecting the dynamic change and growth evident in the market in each country and region. While the general aim of the Yearbook is to offer a broad overview of housing finance and housing development in Africa, special emphasis is placed on the key challenge of housing affordability and access to housing processes for low-income households, as well as the critical need for housing products and finance that are explicitly targeted at the income profiles of the majority.

The various country and regional profiles are researched and written by different authors around the continent–consultants, researchers, and practitioners. To this end, we are currently seeking applications from interested parties to serve as authors for the 2021 12th edition of the Yearbook. The deadline for submission of applications is 1 July 2021, 16h00 CAT (South Africa time).

The 2020 Yearbook can be viewed at: https://housingfinanceafrica.org/resources/yearbook/ All profiles will reflect updated information and data on housing finance markets across these countries and regions. The 2021 Yearbook profiles will follow the same basic content focus and structure as last year’s edition but will include consideration of the informal housing sector in each country.

When preparing your application, please consider the following:

Local expertise is preferred. Ideally, profile authors are researchers or practitioners based in that country, who are therefore able to collect data on the ground and are more aware and tuned in to recent trends and developments.

Interested authors can indicate their interest in up to 6 countries. However, it is noted that no single author will be selected to write more than 2 profiles. In completing the application form, you are invited to indicate your special expertise in particular countries.

We welcome country profiles written in French. (CAHF will then be responsible for the translation). Please indicate on the application form if you would prefer to write profiles in French.

The Yearbook places a high premium on data accuracy, quality, and replicability. Authors will be expected to comply with rigorous guidelines regarding citations and references for all facts and data included in the profiles.

Country profile authors are paid R20 000 (South African rand) per country, including work to collect data for the Yearbook Data Survey.

Author’s names will be listed at the top of each profile.

Country profile authors will be responsible for the following:

Originally authored profile (3600 – 4000 words inclusive of footnotes and text boxes) containing the following sections: overview; access to finance; affordability; housing supply; property markets; policy and legislation; opportunities. (To view the draft TOR, click on the orange circle at the top of the page).

Completion of a Yearbook data survey. Each YB author would collect data on approximately 30 indicators, which would require local knowledge of data sources and on-the-ground data collection. It should be noted that this will require emails, telephone calls and in-person visits to organisations and government departments to obtain data. (An example of the Data Survey from 2020 is available for download below, although it is noted that indicators may change for this 2021 edition.)

To apply, please complete the application form on Google Forms at this link:

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As part of the Google Form application, you will be asked to upload your updated CV, with three references, as well as two short writing samples: articles, or reports. Pieces related to housing or housing finance, and which include data analysis, are preferable.

We invite you to share this opportunity with your networks.

If you are unable to submit via Google forms or have any questions, please contact Susan Carey: susan@housingfinanceafrica.co.za