Market intelligence and data is fundamental market infrastructure for the housing finance sector. A key constraint undermining private sector participation and good policy engagement in affordable housing is the availability of data and market intelligence to facilitate risk-taking and decision-making.


More accurate and transparent data serves as market infrastructure and improves decision-making, enables market segmentation and facilitates risk management, thereby facilitating investment and better-targeted policy making.

In 2019, the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF), 71point4 and Reall partnered to develop a set of Market Shaping Indicators to help make key market data available and accessible. Consisting of 115 indicators throughout the housing value chain, the MSIs collate data from a wide range of international, national and local sources.

Data has been collected for 9 countries to date (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Morocco, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda), with work underway in Pakistan and India. In some cases, this data is already easily available, in others it is available but buried in documents that most people would never review, and in many cases it is data that has never been shared publicly before.

Join us as we launch the work and discuss the opportunities and challenges in unlocking market intelligence for the affordable housing sector.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm SAST

Agenda for the session:

  • Overview of the Data Agenda for Africa and the Market Shaping Indicators
    • Kecia Rust, CAHF
    • Ben Atkinson, Reall
  • In-dept presentation of the data findings from eight countries
    • Illana Melzer, 71point4
    • Chris Garbers, 71point4
  • Response panel
    • Dr Marja Hoek-Smit, International Housing Programme, Wharton
    • Claudio Acioly, CAHF Board member
  • Presentation of MSI dashboard and Way forward

We look forward to sharing our work with you and welcoming you to join the Data Agenda for Housing in Africa.