Local Strategies and Policies Sessions
SOU-96 | AFRICAN SOCIAL HOUSING FORUM: IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON ACCESS TO SOCIAL HOUSING
PRESENTATION OF THE SESSION
ASSOAL NGO WITH MINHDU/PGU, MISEREOR, U.N.-HABITAT, RAOH, HIC, RHF, FEICOM, UCCC, URBANET, ECSR-NET
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made it possible to position housing with its related services as the last bastion to reduce the spread of the virus through confinement. However, it is clear that the housing deficit is growing in Africa with a rate of urbanization that continues to increase. The share of city dwellers has increased rapidly, from 14% in 1950 to 40% in 2018. Given the United Nations 2030 agenda and the African Union's Agenda 2063, it is imperative that municipalities and towns are investing more in the realization of these prospects, to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the populations.
As a goal, the session intends to contribute to the identification of resilient solutions for improving access to decent housing in intermediary cities and municipalities in Africa in the context of Covid-19.
In line with the goals, the session will identify through experiences (countries and actors) the impact of COVID-19 on planning, housing production, access to housing and access to social services. Then, the exchange of views will highlight the actions carried out in the field of housing to fight against the spread of the virus. And finally, to present the possibilities, the solutions that can help foster the implementation of post - COVID-19 recovery plans by African municipalities and their partners.
In line with the overall goals of the summit, the session plans to provide avenues of action for resilient urbanization development in a context undermined by a pandemic that tends to renew itself. The areas of exchange will cover planning, social services and housing in times of COVID-19.