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Housing Policies and Strategies

Title of the Session

Housing Policies and Strategies

Time and Venue

16 June 2015, Marriott Hotel Zamalek – 9:00 am-10:30 am


Developing housing policies and strategies requires coordination and synergy between different state and non-state actors. However, insuring and materializing the benefits of this cooperation are often challenging, and thus leads to weak implementation or divergence from the set polices and targets. This session will explore the existing mechanisms of coordination between different actors in the development and implementation of housing policies and strategies in Egypt, as well as investigate foreseen challenges and possible opportunities related to actors’ engagement while Egypt is currently developing a new housing strategy.

The aim of the Panel is to discuss:

  • What are the mechanisms of coordination between the different actors in Egypt?
  • What are Egypt’s policies and strategies in the Housing sector? Informal housing is by far the largest mode of housing in Egypt. Can it be included in national housing strategies? How?
  • Do existing policies and strategies adequately address housing challenges? Should support for housing the poor be shifted to the demand side? How?
  • What needs to be done to reform existing policies and strategies? Does the 2013 draft strategy of the Ministry of Housing form a basis for discussion?
  • What are the constraints that policies should be sensitive to? How to move forward in developing a consensus-based, comprehensive, and flexible national housing strategy?
  • Informal Housing needs – Do Housing Policies reflect the needs of residents of informal neighborhoods?


Eng. Hussien El Gebaly, Advisor to the Minister of Housing, Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities

Eng. Marwa Ahmed, Ministry of Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements

Prof. Abdel Mohsen Barrada, Professor of Regional and Urban Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University

Arch. Yahia Shawkat, Co-founder & Research Coordinator, 10Tooba

Mrs. Manal Al Tibe, Director of the Egyptian Center for Housing Rights  


Dr. Shahdan Shabka, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty of Engineering Cairo University