Benchmarking Housing Construction Costs in Africa

19.05.17
Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa

How much does it cost to build a typical house in Africa? How do housing prices vary from one country to another, and what are the reasons for these differences?
To answer these questions, CAHF developed a detailed breakdown of housing construction costs in sixteen African countries. Using a standard house design and Bill of Quantities, we asked a professional Quantity Surveyor in each country to provide a quotation for building the house in the main city and in a secondary city.
In this dashboard, we explore the variation across countries and cities while also drilling down to cost components, exposing highs and lows and raising questions around the differences. The cost of the house varies by more than 100% from the country in which it is the most expensive to build, through to the country in which it is the most affordable.