Research from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development show striking figures when it comes to the housing deficit in Uganda. The Chairperson of the National Planning Authority, Kisamba Mugerwa, revealed during a presentation of his paper that Uganda has a housing deficit of a staggering 8,000,000 units. This deficit includes 2.3 million units in urban centres.
According to the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance (CAHF), the cheapest newly built house costs US$30,000 for a 120m2 unit. Despite cement prices sitting lower than the continental average (US$9.12), building costs are somewhat higher than other countries on the continent, and this is in part down to the inclusion of infrastructure costs being included in the property development itself. This inclusion is thought to contribute between 15 and 25% of the overall purchase price.