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Speaking on behalf of the
silent,Grace Mtonga Civic Forum
on Housing and Habitat Zambia,
Director during the Almedalen 2015


"Advocating for decent, affordable and adequate housing for Poor and Marginalised people in Zambia"

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To have a Zambia with decent, adequate and affordable housing for all.

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THE Civic Forum on Housing and Habitat Zambia has commended President Edgar Lungu for attracting American investors to come and invest in the housing market in Zambia with an aim of reducing the three million housing deficit.
President Lungu's move should be supported because the country's poor and marginalized people needed decent, affordable and adequate housing to restore their dignity and improve their quality of life.
The intervention responds well to the current SDG’s which every government around the world seeks to achieve. The investment will utilise the available materials putting the country on the right track in achieving the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goal nine which looks at building resilient infrastructure and promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster development. Housing cuts across all areas that support human life and development, and as such, a deliberate focus on housing development will definitely contribute to the alleviation of poverty.
However forward planning is critical in ensuring that services such as good roads, water and sanitation as well as electricity were provided way ahead in the areas err-marked for the housing construction.
Having sustainable communities and cities needs full involvement of the authorities such as councils, municipalities and other stakeholders including the academia and institutions such as the Technology Department and Advisory unit of UNZA who have been promoting the use of alternative building methods and manufacturing of the Earth Stabilised Block making machine. Therefore, the construction of these housing units should be based on both need and demand which will require all players to in the housing and construction sector to plan way ahead of the said housing project in order to avoid mushrooming of slums where services come way after people have settled.
All stakeholders in housing development should come on board and contribute to the attainment of Sustainable development goal 11 which focuses on interventions that should make our cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The provision of low cost housing that should benefit even the lower income bracket should be top of the agenda,
This will help eradicate the current urban sprawl and eliminate the mushrooming of informal settlements. Slum upgrading is good intervention but does not fully address the various challenges that slum dwellers experience due to living in areas that have no services.
To avoid slum upgrading which is costly, forward planning should be taken seriously. The local authorities should be supported to ensure they develop their integrated development plans as they remain a key resource in implementation of local government statutes and provision of building guideline to the citizenry. Official statistics indicate that by 2030, Zambia will face about three million housing deficit which will impact adversely on the vulnerable and marginalised poor Zambians.
President Lungu’s drive to halve this shortage way before time is a step in the right direction which allow every Zambian enjoy their right to decent, affordable and adequate housing.
The Government will open a new chapter in its infrastructure development programme by ensuring that it focuses on construction of houses to halve the three million housing deficit. The President was speaking when he met a group of investors led by Landlock Natural Paving Inc vice president of business development Mike Kondorowski at Wardolf Astoria Hotel. The investors are interested in coming to Zambia to work with local contractors in their road paving and housing construction using local materials.
This action is commendable. The thing which has to be put in place is these investors have to find the national policy on housing to which they would be referring to and work with government to provide housing for all income earners. These investments should not only be profit driven but should integrate the component of social housing that would benefit the majority poor. We hope to have the National housing policy finalised and operationalized by the time these projects will commence. This will permit delivery of housing guided by an efficient and effective legal framework.
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Civic Forum on Housing and Habitat Zambia (CFHH) is a national network of civil society and community based organisations with a total of 26 network member organizations involved in Housing and Habitat issues in Zambia.

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