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Housing the Urban Poor

Africa : Focus on Housing the Urban Poor

FACT : 62% of sub-Saharan Africa's Urban Population live in Slums.Millions of people move to Africa's cities every year, swelling the numbers of urban poor. "We cannot chase people away from slums," says Kelvin Mmangisa, chief executive of the Lilongwe City Assembly. "But we can improve the conditions there to make their lives better." Mmangisa made this call for investment in affordable housing for the poor in an interview with IPS on Jun. 10 in Nairobi, where he was among 200 delegates at a conference addressing challenges of urbanisation and poverty reduction for slum dwellers in developing nations. The conference was organised jointly by the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries (ACP), European Commission and UN-HABITAT - the United nations human settlement agency. His remark resonated with a key highlight of the Jun. 8-10 meeting - financing the upgrading of informal settlements in order to provide nec…

70,000 new Kuwaiti homes planned by 2015 - Construction & Industry - ArabianBusiness.com

70,000 new Kuwaiti homes planned by 2015 - Construction & Industry - ArabianBusiness.com

Kuwait is planning to build 70,000 new homes by 2015 to meet the country’s growing housing needs, a senior politician has said.Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s Minister of State for Development and Housing, said the housing scheme would help push the country’s real estate sector towards recovery after the effects of the global financial crisis.The new homes will be powered by a suburban cooling system to help conserve energy resources and overcome power shortages, the news agency Kuna reported.

This is what moladi has antisapated in 1986 - www.moladi.net

SLUM UPGRADING AND PREVENTION – THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW - modernghana.com/feature article

SLUM UPGRADING AND PREVENTION – THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW - modernghana.com/feature article

In 1995 the United Nations set aside the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of towns and cities, and the basic right to adequate shelter for all and to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat. For this year the United Nations chose the theme Planning our Urban Future to raise awareness on the need to improve urban planning to deal with new major challenges of the 21st century.The United Nations Conference on Human Settlements at its Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements in 1976 affirmed adequate shelter and services as basic human rights. The Declaration further called for prioritizing the needs of the poor, homeless and most vulnerable groups of society in upholding this right. In the not so recent past it has emerged that there is a growing army of urban poor in Ghana living in predominantly slum areas…

Increased temperature - Thermal mass vs. lightweight timber homes

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Increased temperature - The Concrete Centre


When taking account of the environmental sustainability of a construction material it is disingenuous to consider only its embodied carbon dioxide. Embodied CO2 is only part of the story.

Embodied CO2 is considered a useful metric for comparing the global warming potential (GWP) of different construction materials. Based upon the extraction and transportation of raw materials and their manufacture into the final product, embodied CO2 is expressed as CO2 per unit mass (kgCO2/tonne) or CO2 per unit area for a completed building (kgCO2/m3). Interestingly, once issues such as raw material transportation are taken into account, the misconceptions about the embodied CO2 of different construction materials are made apparent ( see table: embodied carbon dioxide and construction materials).

However, when considering the sustainability of a construction material you need to look beyond the material's initial embodied CO2 and GWP. Only then can this…

Low cost housing backlog in India - India Business Network

Low cost housing backlog in India - India Business Network

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is often depicted as a pyramid consisting of five levels: the four lower levels are grouped together as being associated with physiological needs, while the top level is termed growth needs associated with psychological needs. Deficiency needs must be met first. Once these are met, seeking to satisfy growth needs drives personal growth.Physiological needsThese are the basic animal needs for such things as food, warmth, shelter, sex, water, and other body needs.The higher needs in this hierarchy only come into focus when the lower needs in the pyramid are satisfied. Once an individual has moved upwards, to the next level, needs in the lower level will no longer be prioritized”.The objective of moladi is to address this fundamental need - SHELTER

Affordable housing is in dire need all over the world. moladi, a South African Company, and a world leader in our field – supplying affordable housing cons…

Billions earmarked for low-cost housing - Nationmultimedia.com

Billions earmarked for low-cost housing - Nationmultimedia.com

A Bt3-million fund has been pledged to fund housing projects for low-income earners in a two-year project that runs until next year, Social Development and Human Security Minister Issara Somchai said yesterday.

A request for a Bt1-billion should be tabled and approved at the Cabinet meeting today, said Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. He was delivering an opening statement at a Bangkok seminar yesterday at the United Nations headquarters. He said Thailand would be part of the UN project aimed at providing low-cost homes for 100 million slum dwellers worldwide by the year 2020.Somchai said another Bt2 billion would be mobilised from the Thai Khemkhaeng fund. The entire Bt3-billion budget will be used to give out as soft loans to people living in 1,000 slums both inside and outside Bangkok. The government has provided such loans to 86,000 families, out of a total of 200,000. Somboon Sing-ging, an advocate for low-cost housing…

Nigeria Needs 16 million Houses - moladi

Leadership Nigeria - For God and Country

Nigeria Needs 16million Houses

MTN Invests N117m In Housing Project
Nigeria requires additional 16 million houses to address the housing needs of her teeming population. This is the view of the National Director, Habitat for Humanity Nigeria, Mr Ezehiel Ojo while speaking at the handover ceremony of 100 housing units to the beneficiaries by MTN Nigeria Limited, held in New Karu, in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
Ojo stated that the challenge before the country in terms of housing need is still the same. According to him, Nigeria currently has deficit of about 16 million units and the government cannot meet the demand alone.
Although, there are many developers in the country, Ojo said their houses are beyond the reach of low income earners. "It is interesting to note that the so-called low cost housing units in the country are outside the reach of the middle income group talk more of low income. They are not in any way affordable.…

Low-Income Housing: A Plausible Framework Pakistan

CSR and Low-Income Housing: A Plausible Framework Triple Bottom Line Magazine Currently, Pakistan has an overall housing backlog exceeding 6 million units with an annual addition of 300,000 units – based upon conservative estimates from the Population Census of 1998 and the National Housing Policy of 2001. Roughly 30-40 percent of the demand is addressed by mainstream developers who cater to the high-end market. The remaining units fall under the category of the low-income segment. The government has made repeated attempts to address this segment through various initiatives – seldom succeeding. The current low income housing deficit within Pakistan is 3 million units with an addition of 150,000 units per annum.In addition to these alarming rates, within the urban context, there is a disturbing pattern. Of those that do own homes, there is a clear pattern of constructing additional rooms as opposed to constructing new homes. This leads to an increase in the density of homes, thus furth…

Low cost housing UAE | Cityscape Dubai - The demand for low-cost housing in the UAE is undeniable

Low cost Housing UAE-Experts call for governments to support low cost housing Cityscape Dubai

Addressing the topic of whether the Middle East presented a best case scenario globally for investment in real estate, conference delegates at Cityscape Dubai stressed continued government infrastructure development as a key factor in confidence in and recovery of the sector.

Managing Director of CBRE Middle East, Nicholas Maclean, said that while they had looked at low-cost housing projects, it was difficult to make the numbers work: "This has to be kick-started with government assistance since it could have a beneficial impact on the region as a whole," he said.Citing the example in Jordan, where the government has put in place a series of measures to germinate low-cost housing schemes, CEO of the Aqaba Development Corporation HE Eng Imad Fakhoury said, reverse engineering was called for to determine what sort of costings the markets would bear."To make this work, first you hav…

Indonesia | earthquake | national disaster

Indonesia earthquake national disaster

moladi has been supplying its comprehensive national disaster construction system, of which the formwork is merely a constituent of this technology, for the past 23 years. As a result, we do not simply supply modular plastic formwork, but a holistic building technology, that has been specifically designed and is proven too benefit the end user with its simplicity and ease of use. has developed a cast house system to construct durable structures of quality in the shortest possible time and earthquake proof. This system has developed into a construction technology that addresses eight key challenges embodied in the low cost and affordable housing shortages facing developing countries namely:
lack of resources
insufficient funds
skills shortage
time constraint
work flow control
time constraints
waste
emergency re-construction

Traditional bricks or blocks are moulded in a small mould and then laboriously stacked by an artisan, sandwiched with mortar to create …