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11th Annual Affordable Housing Projects  

A one-stop-platform to discover and learn how to address these challenges and examine critical affordability issues by determining the income range of low to middle income groups. 

30 March - 2nd April 2020 


marcus evans Pan Asian 

Great overall and relevant.

Asia Pacific Union for Housing Finance  

All over and excellent event.

National Housing Bank

An interview with Ramakrishnan P., Chief Operating Officer, Lodha Group, India

Ahead of the Affordable Housing Projects conference, we spoke to Ramakrishnan to have a an in depth industry insight on the challenges faced in providing affordable housing options for all. Marcus Evans 11th Annual Affordable Housing Projects provides a one-stop-platform to discover and learn how to address these challenges and examine critical affordability issues by determining the income range of low to middle income groups. Explore new construction technologies and innovative building materials and techniques to reduce construction costs and improve operational efficiency. Leverage innovative financing mechanisms to bridge the gap of affordable housing development. This highly anticipated event is an excellent platform to network, exchange ideas, seek business opportunities and tap into the experience of key industry leaders.

In your opinion, what does affordable housing look like today, and how is it different from previous years?

In Indian context, there are lot of requirements after the present government really want to build lot of housing in Affordable sector. Lot of incentives for the developers and the Buyers are announced, which opened up the market widely. In early years Luxury market was doing well and now the focus is shifted to affordable housing, lot of private developers also entering/entered in that market.

What are some creative improvements for a sustainable community?

Community living concept is slowly picking up in the affordable sector, in early days people build small town ships without many facilities. Now a days most of the affordable town ships with good roads, connectivity, retail, schools and other requirements are must for a large town ships, which in directly increase the sustainable revenue for the townships and it is also maintained well. Slowly community living is becoming a pride for the new millennials, which is really increasing the sales momentum. 

 How do you think in today’s affordable housing crisis, the supply and demand gap could be fulfilled?

Again in the Indian context, demand is very high in affordable segment but the supply is used to be very poor. Only very few mediocre projects used to be there, that also struggling to deliver, quality issues etc., Now most of the established players are entering in the market with new technologies, lot of facilities in the neighborhood, good connectivity etc., is filling the demand supply gap.

What are some innovative approaches for expanding housing finance to the lower-income market segments?

Generally the lower segment track record of repayment is good in micro financing. Lower income housing finance may not fit in micro financing, however their repayment at moderate interest rates will be always good as it is their life time ambition. Also lengthy repayment schedule, release of funds at the proportionate level including the first payment can be tried to increase demand.

What in your opinion are some issues of affordable housing and urbanisation that leads to social instability?

Delivery of the product as per agreed terms, smooth transaction in the entire duration of the engagement with the developers, quality of the product is some of the basic requirements. If this not fulfilled, there could be unrest. But urbanisation with dignity of living, good standards of Infrastructure with increase social stability than instability.

What would you like delegates to take away from your upcoming presentation?

Affordable housing is the future for the Real-estate developers in the developing countries as the demand is very high. Challenge is how to control cost, deliver quality homes, speedy delivery etc will be addressed in the conference. 

Why you should attend this marcus evans conference?

Gain insights into best practices including :

Incorporating community-based planning and vertical design approaches to create more sustainable neighbourhood. 

Promoting financial inclusion and regional financial integration to provide a wider range of housing options accessible to the under-served markets
Upgrading informal settlements though effective planning and incremental development of low cost housing for higher living standards
Lowering overall building costs and increasing the speed of construction with innovative construction technologies and building materials
Establishing a strong legal and regulatory framework to create an enabling environment for prospective investors
Developing viable and bankable projects to secure adequate funding for sustainable development of affordable housing projects

Showcasing global practitioners and trendsetters : 

  • Naeem Razwani, Director Asia Pacific, Habitat for Humanity International, Philippines 

  • Paul Graham, CEO, Keystart Home Loans, Australia

  • Anne Lochoff, Senior Advisor –Partnerships, UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development, Singapore 

  • Ihab Nafie, Director, Abu Dhabi Housing Authority 

  • Debra L. Erb , Managing Director – Housing Programs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), US

  • Stephen Duggan, CEO & Co-Founder , Housing Africa Corporation, South Africa 

  • Dr Renu Khosla, Director, Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence, India 

  • Mark Francis, Executive Director, Regulatory Services –Housing & Homelessness Department of Housing and Public Works, Australia 

  • Andrew Chimphondah, Managing Director, Shelter Afrique, Kenya 

For registration pricing and multiple attendee discounts, please contact:

Aarathi Manokaran 

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