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Which countries have the largest housing shortages in Africa?

African cities become new homes to over 40,000 people a day. According to the latest statistics from the CAHF, Africa faces a shortfall of at least 51 million housing units. Nigeria has a housing deficit of 28 million units, the Democratic Republic of Congo has a deficit estimated at 3.9 million (or 263,039 housing units to be built a year), and South Africa’s housing shortage is approximately 3.7 million units.

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