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Addressing Somalia’s Housing Crisis: Strategies for Increasing Affordable Housing Supply and Adapting to Climate Change

Addressing Somalia’s Housing Crisis: Strategies for Increasing Affordable Housing Supply and Adapting to Climate Change

Somalia, a country with a population of 15.8 million, faces a significant housing crisis. With 60% of the population residing in rural areas and a growing urban population, the demand for housing is outpacing supply. The country’s GDP in 2020 was $7,628 million, with a per capita income of $502, and almost 70% of the population living on less than $1.90 per day. This article explores the challenges and potential solutions to Somalia’s housing crisis, focusing on increasing affordable housing supply and adapting to the effects of climate change.


Housing Demand and Supply:

Somalia’s housing demand is driven by a growing population, urbanization, and displacement due to conflict and natural disasters. The country faces a housing gap of two million units, which is expected to grow larger. The high prices of property in city centers, fueled by insufficient supply and rising demand, demonstrate the need for affordable housing solutions.

Access to Financing:

Access to financing or credit is a significant barrier for most Somalis who want to build or buy a property. The lack of government regulation in the housing sector has led to the private sector taking over the housing market, construction industry, and property development market. This has resulted in limited access to affordable housing options for low-income households.

Role of the Private Sector:

The private sector has played a crucial role in Somalia’s housing market, construction industry, and property development. However, the lack of government regulation has led to a focus on high-end properties, leaving a gap in the affordable housing market. Encouraging private sector investment in affordable housing through incentives and regulations can help increase the supply of low-cost housing options.

Adapting to Climate Change:

As Somalia grapples with the consequences of climate change, including rising sea levels and extreme weather events, it becomes imperative to explore and adopt new building technologies to ensure affordable housing remains adaptable. This involves leveraging materials and designs capable of withstanding the impacts of climate change, thereby reducing the vulnerability of low-income households. By integrating resilient construction practices, such as reinforced structures and sustainable materials, Somalia can enhance the resilience of its housing stock against environmental threats while ensuring affordability. Investing in research and implementation of these technologies not only safeguards communities from climate-related risks but also promotes sustainable development and fosters long-term resilience in the face of evolving environmental challenges.


Somalia’s housing crisis requires a multi-faceted approach to increase affordable housing supply and adapt to the effects of climate change. Addressing the barriers to financing, encouraging private sector investment in affordable housing, and implementing climate-resilient building technologies are crucial steps in addressing the country’s housing needs. By working together, the government, private sector, and international community can help provide safe, affordable, and climate-resilient housing for all Somalis.


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