How to improve housing affordability, adequacy and resiliency to meet the needs of low-income households?

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In the global south, one-third of urban populations live in informal housing, facing inadequate conditions, lack of infrastructure and basic services, and the threat of eviction or demolition. This roundtable will bring together experts in informality and housing from developing countries to analyse some of the driving elements and existing challenges for delivering housing improvements in informal settlements, discuss scaling up the offer of quality and affordable construction materials and engagement of community construction workers. Furthermore, the group will reflect upon connections between housing financing and incremental housing and how to stimulate housing value chains to provide more affordable, adequate and resilient housing.

Moderator: Chris Herink – Vice President, Program Effectiveness at Habitat for Humanity International


  • Joseph Muturi – Chair of the Slum Dwellers International (SDI) Board of Directors (Kenya)
  • Kecia Rust – Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) (South Africa)
  • Anaclaudia Rossbach – Regional Manager for Cities Alliance in LAC and Manager of the Global Programme on Informality (Brazil)
  • Stephen Seidel – Senior Director, Global Program Design and Implementation at Habitat for Humanity International (USA)