Workshop: The Next Frontier in Housing

Event | 8 April 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purpose

This event is designed to help policy makers and planners in the housing sector learn about and share their knowledge on making affordable housing accessible to the low- and middle-income groups through case studies of successful projects in various countries. Discussions will center on affordable housing developments including policy intervention, place-making for greater livability, and financing options.

Background

The demand for housing due to the increased pace of urbanization is further compounded by economic success, together with an increasing middle class throughout Asia. Over the years, governments throughout Asia have experimented with a range of policy interventions designed to provide adequate and affordable housing. These measures include, among others, the provision of low interest rate loans by government banks, tax exemptions or subsidies for housing construction for the middle-income class, and rent support programs by the government.

Part of the challenge of providing adequate and affordable housing is to ensure that governments are able to implement appropriate policies to improve the current housing situation in Asia. While the impact of poor housing on certain macroeconomic outcomes is somewhat well known (e.g., evidence on close correlation between poor health and housing, and impact of homeownership on reducing poverty among older people), how housing policies are designed and to what extent they actually support adequate housing for lower- and middle-income groups is still less clear. This is because housing markets function differently across Asia depending on their constraints, conditions, and policy environment.

Objectives

This workshop will bring together experts and government officials to learn about and share their knowledge on making affordable housing accessible to the low- and middle-income groups through case studies of successful projects in various countries.

Participants

Workshop participants will include policy makers from about 10 Asian countries, along with experts from national and international organizations.

Participant responsibilities

Participants are expected to attend and actively participate in all sessions.

Output

  • Better understanding of housing policies and issues in emerging markets
  • Improved capacity in designing effective housing policies and recommendations
  • Promotion of good governance policies and practices on affordable housing
  • Presentation materials and country reports are uploaded to the ADBI website
  • Development of presentation materials uploaded to the ADBI website

How to register

By invitation only.

Language

English

Partners

Marcus Evans International

Time of event

8:30 - 17:30