1 Million Housing Goal Achievable

The UN Habitat has pledged to support the government in achieving its Big Four Agenda focusing on Housing.

Speaking to the press in Nairobi UN Habitat Executive Director, Maimunah Sharif said Kenya has annual deficit of 200,000 housing units.

The Agency has established a Task Force to support strategic and integrated programming in Kenya in line with the government’s vision to put up 1 million low cost housing units.

The task force headed by Regional Director for Africa, Naison Mutizwa-Mungiza will offer UN Habitat member states knowledge and expertise on matters housing and urban planning.

We must look at human settlements of all sizes and thinking about how to improve the quality of life of those citizens migrating from rural areas seeking better opportunities, said the Executive Director.

She said that while the government’s housing agenda was ambitious, it was achievable if adequate funds are allocated annually to housing and slum upgrades in the national budget.

Sharif insisted that governments must ensure that efforts to achieve housing goals are executed nationwide to ensure results are not overlapped by the rapid pace of urbanization.

The government is in plans to put up affordable housing units on 55 acres of land in Mavoko, Machakos County in collaboration with the UN Habitat.

Sharif pledged to strengthen collaboration between the agency and the government to address the challenges of rapid urbanization and harness the benefits of good urbanization.

She committed that UN Habitat will support countries in implementing the Urban Agenda adopted by UN Habitat member states in 2016 in collaboration with all levels of government and other stakeholders, said Sharif.

Other African countries that have successfully embarked on ambitious national housing goals and the upgrade of informal settlements include South Africa and Morocco.

Source: Kenya News Agency