Shelter Afrique Designing Competition A chance for you to win Ksh.10 million and solve one of Africa's problems

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With about two thirds of the population in Africa’s cities and townships live on less than USD 3.10 per day and universally, housing supply has failed to respond to the need of this significant and legitimate population.

A lucrative opportunity has opened up for Kenyan individuals, designers, architects and pretty much anyone interested in solving the housing crisis in Africa.

Pan-African housing development finance institution Shelter Afrique has today announced the launch of a competition that will boost affordable housing in Africa and see winners take home USD100,000.

 

The competition dubbed 5,000 For 5,000 Home Competition, will aim at stimulating innovative thinking on how a livable and sustainable home can be designed and produced at a capital cost of no more than USD5,000 to the end user.

With about two thirds of the population in Africa’s cities and townships live on less than USD 3.10 per day and universally, housing supply has failed to respond to the need of this significant and legitimate population.

The cost of new housing including those built by government agencies are significantly higher than what people with low incomes can afford. Below is a low cost luxury houses financed by Shelter Afrique.

 

The consequence of this is the rapid growth of informal settlements, slums on the edge of Africa’s major cities with obvious consequences for economic development, health, safety and security.

The competition will seek to highlight this problem and provide a sustainable solution that can be emulated in different countries.

The Competition is open to anyone including individuals, team of designers, artists, architects, engineers and other players in the housing sector.

Shelter Afrique has set aside a prize fund of US$100,000 to go to the top entries, with most of the money going to the top 3 entries.

Speaking to media in Nairobi, Kenya, Shelter Afrique’s Managing Director James Mugerwa said, “This competition aims to spur discussion and bring out affordable housing concepts that might be out there for the rising urban population”

The Competition is open to anyone including individuals, team of designers, artists, architects, engineers and other players in the housing sector.

Shelter Afrique has set aside a prize fund of US$100,000 to go to the top entries, with most of the money going to the top 3 entries.

The anticipated outcomes and objectives for the competition include ensuring people access a duplicable model of a USD5000 home (at 2016 prices),  urban planning to underpin large scale low income housing programme including over 1 million homes across Sub-Sahara Africa by 2025.

It also seeks the development of a sustainable supply chain able to support a large scale low income housing delivery programme whilst at the same time creating new jobs.

Details on the competition can be accessed here Shelter Afrique 5000 for 5000 home competition.

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