Briefing Paper

Affordable Housing in Kigali: Issues and Recommendations

Rwanda has been experiencing a very high rate of population and urban growth. This has posed
serious problems for socio-economic development because of the inability of existing institutions and
mechanisms to cope with emerging challenges. These problems are more critical in the capital
City of Kigali, where huge housing supply deficits, dilapidated housing conditions, high cost of housing
as well as the proliferation of informal settlements are eminent. Kigali’s housing deficit is increasing despite a number of new policies, programs and strategies initiated by the public and private sectors to address this problem. The majority of those in need of housing are in the low-income cadre and some require special housing programs to be able to afford decent housing. This policy brief highlights the root causes of large housing deficits in Kigali, explains why existing initiatives are not functioning as they should and offers a number of recommendations that can enhance the provision of affordable housing across the city.