Building Homes and Sustainable Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Reporting Organization:Rooftops Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 5,000,000
Timeframe: April 1, 2011 - July 27, 2016
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Rooftops Canada

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Kenya - $ 1,400,000.00 (28.00%)

Tanzania, United Republic of - $ 1,250,000.00 (25.00%)

South Africa - $ 1,000,000.00 (20.00%)

Zimbabwe - $ 850,000.00 (17.00%)

Canada - $ 500,000.00 (10.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Sexual Health & Rights (17 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (48 %)

Food Security & Agriculture (15 %)

Economic Development & Empowerment (10 %)

Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (10 %)

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The project aims to reach 10,800 households and over 54,000 slum dwellers by building the capacity of local partners to undertake activities in housing support services, housing microfinance, HIV and AIDS prevention and urban agriculture. The project intends to benefit 7,800 poor families in Sub Saharan Africa to either secure home ownership or improve their existing homes. Additionally, the project will help 1,000 families affected by HIV and AIDS to access housing services and also help improve the food security situation of 2,000 urban households. The project will also increase interest among Canadian housing related networks to respond to urban poverty and human settlement challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys Under-5 children Newborns Older adults, women Older adults, men
Total Direct Population: 66,775
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) building the capacity of local partners and their member organizations to provide increasing numbers of urban households access to secure tenure, core housing and housing improvements; (2) increasing the number of housing organizations in sub-Saharan Africa that mainstream HIV and AIDS responses, including participating in regional and global networks; and (3) increasing the number of Sub-Saharan African non-government organizations and urban food security networks that support urban farmers, especially women, youth and people living with HIV and AIDS.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of the end of the project (April 2016) include: approximately 13,355 households or 66,775 individual members of the households living in slums, the majority being women and children under the age of 18, have directly benefited from the program as follows: (1) 7,102 families with secure tenure or improved housing; (2) 4,812 families benefited from training and services related to HIV and AIDS; and (3) 1,441 individuals, including many female youth, assisted with training and marketing services to improve their food security and livelihoods. Technical assistance and support was provided to five housing organizations in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa in the areas of pro-poor land development, low-cost housing design, loan portfolio management, information management systems, strategic planning, construction management, HIV/AIDS inclusion and public outreach. The local housing organizations were able to secure land for 6,838 families and build and deliver 2,727 affordable houses for low-income urban households consisting of 13,635 Individuals – the majority women and children. In the area of outreach to Canadians, over 690 Canadians of which 48 percent were women and 55 percent were youth, were engaged in conferences, multi-country exchanges and international conferences related to the social housing sector. In summary the project helped build sustainable and safe communities for families and strengthened the local cooperative housing organizations.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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