Nairobi- based pan-African housing development financier – Shelter Afrique announced a partnership deal with Actis for affordable housing in Kenya and other African states. Actis is a global private equity investment firm and India’s real estate giant shapoorji-Pallonji.
Actis Director Koome Gikunda said the joint venture with Shapoorji Pallonji was borne out of optimism and the desire to delve into the real estate sector, adding, “we hope to do a similar thing with Shelter Afrique across Africa.
Through a joint venture, Actis and Shapoorji Pallonji have delivered the first project at Garden City in Nairobi, Kenya, and are planning to launch three more projects in Nairobi.
The partnership with Shapoorji Pallonji would be crucial in building Africa’s mortgage market, which he says is grossly underdeveloped.
Majority of African countries do not have well-developed mortgage markets, noting this was a huge constraint and gap in the provision of affordable housing that needs to be addressed urgently.
“For instance, Kenya, one of the most developed markets in Africa and with a population of 50 million people, has only 30 000 mortgage subscribers and the story is the same across Africa. India on the other hand, has a well-developed mortgage sector – boasting over Ksh.2.4 trillion (USD20 billion) mortgage market – that’s why such a partnership would be important to help us draw fundamental lessons,” Mr Hann said.
According to Statista, most African countries have a very low mortgage-to-GDP ratio. In 2021 Cabo Verde was ranked first at 23.4%, South Africa came second at 23.3%, and Kenya at 2.1%. Nigeria, Mali and Uganda stood at 0,5%, while Algeria recorded the lowest ratio at 0.02%.
In a joint statement with Actis and Shapoorji Pallonji teams in Nairobi, Shelter Afrique Managing Director and chief executive Thierno-Habib Hann said the partnership would be vital in scaling up the provision of affordable housing across Africa.
“There is huge housing demand across Africa which requires well-thought-out partnerships to tackle, and India’s experience in real estate development has provided us with great learning on how to approach affordable housing in Africa.
We are looking forward to the partnership with Shapoorji Pallonji – one of India’s top real estate companies; the global private equity firm, Actis, and their local joint venture Mi Vida Homes – to see how we can scale up and replicate their model across our member States,” said Hann.
The mortgage-to-GDP ratio compares a country’s total mortgage debt to its gross domestic product.