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HOUSING DEFICIT CRISIS LOOMS IN UGANDA

HOUSING DEFICIT CRISIS LOOMS IN UGANDA

 

Uganda will be with a housing deficit of over 8 million units by 2020 if no action is taken to improve the worrying situation.
The low wages and poor housing policies have greatly contributed to the deficiency of houses in Uganda.

A recently released housing survey released by The Uganda Bureau of Statistics points at an improvement in housing but
states that there is still a gap to be filled if the majority of the poor are to fully realise this right.

The survey indicates that Uganda has a housing deficit of 550,000 units. About 160,000 of this backlog is in urban areas.
Kampala alone has a housing deficit of 100,000 units. Uganda's population of 31 million which is growing at a rate of 3.3%
per year is projected to increase to 45 million by 2020.

With a rapid rate of urbanisation, it is estimated that two decades from now, Uganda will have a housing shortage of close
to 8 million units of which 2.5 million will be in urban centers and one million in Kampala.

Despite considerable progress in policy formulation facilitating a shift of the public sector's role to focussing on the utilisation of the potential and capacity of the private sector, there is still a widening gap between policy formulation and the implementation process that can reduce on the deficit of houses in Uganda.