The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Kenya 100,000 affordable homes project reaches next milestone
A tripartite agreement has been signed with the government of Kenya and Sustainable Housing Solutions in the latest step for UNOPS Social Impact Investing Initiative.
A total of 100,000 affordable homes are planned to be built in Kenya contributing to the country’s national development priorities, and to address the critical need for housing.
Speaking about the project, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya said: “We are delighted to get this project underway as it will greatly contribute to unlocking the massive benefits to the economy that the Affordable Housing Program will have.”
“The provision of clean, safe and sustainable housing will not only enable us to restore our people’s dignity and affirm and secure their stake in their nation, but will also lead to transformative, systemic changes to the country’s economic landscape,” he added.
The signing of the agreement follows a memorandum of understanding between the government of Kenya and UNOPS signed in September 2018 in New York.
In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we need bold new partnerships between the public and private sectors. This project, part of UNOPS Social Impact Investing Initiative, will lay the foundations for a more affordable, and sustainable housing market in Kenya.”
As part of this latest agreement, the government of Kenya will prioritise securing the appropriate land on which to build. UNOPS and Sustainable Housing Solutions will begin essential preparations to ensure construction begins once the land has been secured. The government of Kenya will provide further support to the project by facilitating key off-site infrastructure including roads, water and sewer systems.
James Macharia, Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure Housing and Urban Development, said the project will unlock capacity for attracting investment that will ultimately help to lift living standards.
Dr. Allen Zimbler, SHS Holdings Director, said that the signing of this agreement is of great importance in addressing the need for affordable and sustainable housing in Kenya.
"SHS is proud to be working with UNOPS and the government in bringing to bear our innovative technologies and global partnerships in order to provide 100,000 houses for Kenyan citizens, while at the same time offering significant employment opportunities," said Dr. Zimbler.