Amui Dzor Housing Construction

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Focus Areas: Housing

This project involves the construction of a housing unit in Amui Dzor Settlement in Ashaman, as part of the UN-Habitat Slum Upgrading Facility (SUF). The Tema/Ashaiman Metropolitan Slum Upgrading Facility (TAMSUF) is working with the local urban poor Federation to house thirty-six (36) families as a pilot project. The structure is mixed use, that is, it contains both dwelling and commercial units. This is an important attribute of this project as it provides dwelling units for Federation members and also makes available rental stores and toilets for commercial purpose. 

Location: Amui Dzor, Ashaiman, Ghana


A two-storey housing structure containing thirty-one (31) dwelling units and fifteen (15) commercial units. The structure has five (5) private and thirteen (13) shared toilets. In addition, a twelve (12) seater sanitation facility with six bath/wash rooms will be attached to the structure for use by the community on a pay-per-use basis. Both the housing structure and the sanitation facility have been completed. 

Community capacity:

The Federation's Amui Dzor Housing Co-operative, in conjunction with the TAMSUF, built the demonstration housing project. 


The Central Government and the Assembly have shown a commitment towards scaling up the project by setting up a team to document the project's successes to facilitate the replication of the project in other cities in Ghana. The Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (AMA) has also committed a part of its Urban Development Fund for slum upgrading.   


The housing project is in partnership with the UN-Habitat’s SUF initiative, of which Ghana is one of the selected implementation countries. The Amui Dzor Housing project has been completed and the Ghana Federation of the Urban Poor (GHAFUP) beneficiaries are now occupying the buildings. The Government has approved the project and the work of the Ghana Federation. 


SDI Contributions:

SDI contributed US$50,000.00

Resources Leveraged:

The City has provided technical support in the form of facilitation and engineering support services for the project.

State Subsidy:

The State subsidy was acquired through the Tema/Ashaiman Metropolitan Slum Upgrading Facility (TAMSUF). Tema/Ashaiman Metropolitan Slum Upgrading Facility received a subsidy of US$20,000 to support Amui Dzor housing project from Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing. This was in addition to the technical support and facilitation from the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly. 

Market Generated Returns:

None to date.

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Project information updated: 19 February 2016

Project in depth

Detailed Information

The project was started in 2009. The Tema/Ashaiman Municipal Slum Upgrading Facility (TAMSUF) worked with the Ghanaian Allince of the Ghana Homeless People's Federation of the Urban Poor (GHAFUP) and People's Dialogue on Human Settlements to construct a demonstration housing project. This project is a partnership initiative of UN-Habitat’s Slum Upgrading Facility of which Ghana is an implementing country. Ashaiman is located about 4 kilometers to the north of Tema, the main industrial and harbour city of Ghana.  This means there is a large urban poor population and a clear housing need. 

Community capacity:

Federation members have been co-opted onto the technical committee which was reviewing the National Housing Policy. Issues relating to the housing needs of the urban poor are now being prioritized.  


This project is the pilot phase of the SUF in Ghana. Being the first housing project of the Ghana federation, and in partnership with the UN habitat’s SUF initiative whose aim is to attract private capital for slum upgrading, the model can be implemented across the Federation.


The Ghana Federation activities are now recognized by the City authorities. There has been series of collaborations and partnerships with the Ministries of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Women and Children's Affairs (MWCA), Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts (MTCCA) and other local authorities. There has been active and open dialogue with officials since the construction of the houses, which should lead to ever closer working relationships. 


SDI Contributions:

SDI contributed US$50,000, of which US$20,000.00 covered project-linked technical expenses whereas the rest (US$30,000.00) went towards capital expenses. 

Market Generated Returns:

At the time of construction, the open market value for a single unit apartment is US$10,000, but through savings and subsidies mechanisms the cost per unit was set at US$4,600.

The commercial unit will serve as an income-generating project for the Federation; the proceeds from this unit will be used to to pay back the loan and finance the on-going maintenance of the unit. The Federation has supported women’s business empowerment as a means of assisting members with repayment. 

Costs recovered from community:

Currently the repayment rate is approximately eighty percent (80%) per month. The savings groups are active. The housing cooperative manages repayments and has been working with the Federation's loan recovery team to ensure that repayments become regular.

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Funding Information



Funding type:

Grant funding

Implementing Partners

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Ghana Homeless People's Federation

People's Dialogue on Human Settlements