What Home Means Exhibition

with Habitat for Humanity & Africa Housing Forum

Picha Images invites you to the “What Home Means Exhibition” between 12th and 14th May 2022 at the Safari Park Hotel!

The Africa Housing Forum, happening from May 12 to 14, will highlight the housing challenges faced by countries across the continent as well as the innovative solutions coming from the region’s corporations, governments and nonprofits. The discussions will focus on the role of housing in driving the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in a more sustainable and inclusive way that brings together housing sector stakeholders from across the continent.The theme “Fostering Inclusivity and Resilience in Housing in Africa” highlights the urgent need to build adequate, affordable, and inclusive housing that will meet the demand of the African region, where an estimated 238 million people live in slums or substandard living conditions.

This exhibition will be a hybrid event, with some participants gathering in-person in Nairobi, Kenya, and others joining virtually. The Steering Committee for the Forum has been chaired by Habitat for Humanity and UN-Habitat, and the Global Presenting Sponsor of the Forum is the Hilti Foundation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the importance of having safe, secure, and adequate housing amid a global health crisis. Even before COVID-19, the range of barriers, gaps, and exclusions that limit opportunities for every human being to have decent shelter has existed across political, social, economic, and environmental systems.Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) works in different parts of the world to empower people to overcome the chronic lack of decent housing through solutions that make adequate housing accessible and affordable for all. The organisation works across regions in Africa to help increase access to affordable housing options that are safe, decent, resilient, and climate-smart while using legal framework that promote access to affordable and decent housing for all such as the new urban agenda, sustainable development goal, agenda 2063 of the Africa Union etc.

By expanding the African Housing Agenda beyond the traditional focus on shelter, we expect to look into how housing can support the achievement of other development goals such as gender equality, health, education and poverty eradication. This perspective is critical in reaching out to a wider range of stakeholders to help in tackling the housing challenge across Africa. The forum will also give a chance to create partnerships and engage with key stakeholders that can help shape policy discussions on housing in Africa using relevant policy framework such as the New Urban Agenda, the Sendei Framework, VGGT, Agenda 2063, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), SDG etc.

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