World Urban Forum 9

Networking Event

WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:00-11:00am

WHERE: World Urban Forum 9, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC), Room 305


Even as housing microfinance has made great strides in meeting the housing needs of millions, its growth is hindered by key inadequacies in our housing ecosystems. For instance, expensive and complicated processes prevent families from formalizing land title thereby threatening their long-term security and prosperity. With the majority of low-income households in rapidly urbanizing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America lacking formal property title, this poses a serious challenge to the growth of the housing microfinance industry.

In such a context, stakeholders in the housing microfinance industry are innovating and need to continue innovating to overcome barriers to meet effective demand. Moreover, as urban expansion continues unabated over the coming decades, particularly in developing countries, the effective demand for housing microfinance will continue to increase, and we must strengthen the supporting infrastructure needed to scale housing microfinance and fulfill demand.

With this in mind, this panel discussion will initiate the conversation on building a robust housing microfinance ecosystem, and analyze innovations in housing microfinance worldwide. Each panelist brings forth a distinct perspective owing not only to his/her experience in different parts of the world but also due to his/her distinct role in strengthening the housing microfinance ecosystem.


Allan Cain, Director, Development Workshop Angola, Angola

Greg Skowronski, Director Asia-Pacific, Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Philippines

Shruti Gonsalves, Chief Executive Officer, SEWA Grih Rin (SGR), India

Vidhee Garg, Principal, Affordable Housing Institute, USA


Vidhee Garg, Principal,