Low-cost housing? In Kenya that's a myth

What you need to know:

  • The National Population and Housing Census data in 2009 showed that there are about 10 million households, with an average of four people per dwelling
  • In a country in which poverty is pervasive, a cheap house will necessarily be a bad house. That claim is just a matter of mathematical truism and not prejudice against poor individuals.
  • Without doubt, the market solution would be to build Nairobi upwards, not horizontally, because there are definite cost advantages to using scarce land more efficiently.

Many Kenyans with an interest in how the overall economy works will have understood that the recent adjustment of the weights of industries showed the country's GDP is 25 per cent larger than we previously believed.

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