Housing Alliance Global

Housing Alliance Global is a Social Enterprise which brings to bear all the design, building, innovation, and project management skills and resources at our disposal to develop affordable, environmentally sustainable houses and residential communities. 

At HAG we firmly believe that  housing is a life-changing vehicle for:

  • Improved health and well-being
  • Wealth building
  • Improved educational outcomes for children
  • Enhanced community development
  • Local job creation

 

THE BIG PICTURE

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THE UNSD GOALS

No Poverty • Zero Hunger   • Good Health and Well-being •   Quality Education   • Gender Equality   • Clean Water and Sanitation   • Affordable and Clean Energy   • Decent Work and Economic Growth   • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure   • Reduced Inequality   • Sustainable Cities and Communities   • Responsible Consumption and Production   • Climate Action • Life Below Water • Life on Land   • Peace and Justice   Strong Institutions   • Partnerships to achieve the Goals

AGENDA 2063

A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. An integrated continent, politically united, based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism and the vision of Africa’s renaissance. An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law. A peaceful and secure Africa. An Africa with a strong common heritage, values and ethics. cultural identity,  An Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children. Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and partner.

THE CHALLENGE

HOUSING A GROWING POPULATION
Africa’s 54 countries have a total population of 1.34 billion, projected to reach 2.5 billion by 2050. Fuelled by migration to urban areas in search of economic opportunity, approximately 44% of Africa’s people currently live in urban areas. There is a chronic shortage of affordable housing, giving rise to many informal, insecure and insanitary settlements.

Housing is  at the core of nation building and unless the deficit  is tackled in a sustainable and cost-effective way, it will create lasting social problems and restrict development. With access to new technologies, the opportunity exists to build sustainable, affordable housing at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

At HAG, we have adopted a definition of affordability of 30-35% of a household’s net income for housing payments, which normally permits the purchase of other basic necessities  including food, clothing and children’s education. 

RAPID URBANISATION

LOW INCOMES

HIGH HOUSING COSTS

SOCIAL IMPACT

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

BETTER MENTAL HEALTH

IMPROVED FINANCES

BETTER HEALTH ACCESS

THE CHALLENGE

FUTURE OUTLOOK – THE AFRICA WE WANT

As we transition to Africa we want (AGENDA 2063), we need to embrace new modes of operation. The provision of housing in urban centres has been left largely to “market forces” (speculative developers), and is now a commodity to be built, bought and sold for large profits. This favours the wealthy few and there is a mismatch between the profit motive of housing providers and the great need of the wider society, especially lower income earners. They are left struggling with high rents or living in inadequate, informal, insecure accommodation that is not weatherproof, structurally sound or fire-resistant, and without basic facilities such as safe drinking water and toilets. The step from here into homelessness is a small one. This has to change. There is empirical proof that those countries that have taken a different community health approach to the provision of (affordable) housing have had much better outcomes in all the important metrics of well-being:  financial, physical and mental health, education and security, especially critical for women and girls.

BUILDING – STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS

HAG HOUSE 3-D MODEL

We construct houses with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). SIPs were first developed in 1950 in the US and have undergone continual improvement ever since. The panels comprise sheets of fiber cement bonded to both sides of a thick, rigid, fire-retardant insulating core of expanded polystyrene. With the integration of steel posts, the composite panels gain additional strength, ideal for walls and floors. Roofs can also be constructed from the long-span panels or built using conventional methods.  The panels are: 
  • Strong and Lightweight
  • Extremely thermally efficient (reducing air-conditioning costs)
  • Cost-effective
  • Quick to erect; and
  • Fire-resistant. 
Waste is reduced since the panels are pre-built to high precision in the factory using computer-controlled equipment.  In-country manufacture of the panels supports local supply industries, generating jobs.  More detailed information on SIPs construction is available on our Australian technology partner’s website:  

SIPFORM PANEL OPTIONS

SUSTAINABILITY & AFFORDABILITY

HAG is an innovation-driven organisation and we constantly seeking clever systems and inventions that reduce cost and lower environmental impact. “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” (Anna Lappe, author, educator, food systems expert). We cast our vote for a world in which the environment is valued, protected and improved, because a healthy living environment better supports its people’s health and well-being, allowing  people  to pursue improvements in their lives, for generations to come. 

WHO WE ARE

We are a group of passionate professionals with experience in a variety of disciplines encompassing architecture, aged care, finance, law and project management. We have come together with a common purpose – to help tackle the dire shortage of affordable housing across Africa in a sustainable way. 

MISSION

To build architecturally designed affordable homes using modern, innovative materials and factory pre-built methods for low-income communities, to help generate wealth and improve physical and mental health prospects, creating jobs, enhancing skills and employment opportunities in the process.

Jane Caverner

Partner

DOMINIC DAGBANJA Dr, BA(Hons) LLB(Hons) Ghana , BL Ghana LawSch , LLM Pacific , LLM G.Wash. , PhD Auck. 

CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER

Dave Brow

Partner

J MAWULI ABABIO MA

SNR FINANCIAL & BUSINESS ADVISOR

CYNTHIA WRIGHT BA

Co-CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Jane Caverner

Partner

YAMMIE OWUSU B.Arch

Co-CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Dave Brow

Partner

Born in Accra, Ghana, Yammie is currently based in Perth. He has over 38 years of experience in the Australian construction industry working in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Auckland (NZ) and Perth. He was registered as an architect for over 12 years in NSW and WA and has worked with leading Australian practices on a wide range of residential, commercial, hospitality, retail, scientific and institutional projects. Yammie has held management roles and been involved in “design and construct” start-up companies in Sydney and Perth. He has a keen interest in energy-efficient building systems and has designed and managed the construction of a number of innovative buildings using systems such as SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) and ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) in Perth. Producing affordable housing has always been a firm aspiration for him.

PARTNERSHIPS

DELIVERING VALUE TOGETHER HAS A MUCH GREATER IMPACT

We invite you to partner with us, so that together we can make a much greater impact. Our partners are critical to our mission, by providing support, specific expertise and managed services. Our Partnership Program is a unique opportunity for the provision of plug-in services to our built communities that address some of Africa’s most pressing economic, humanitarian, and social issues using innovation, technology and best practice.

Please get in touch to discuss partnership opportunities. 

HOUSING SYSTEM

HOUSING FINANCE

INFRASTRUCTURE

SKILLS TRAINING

RESEARCH

We applaud all like-minded organisations and institutions – local and international – who are working diligently to improve health & well-being with clean water, sanitation, education, ITC, infrastructure, skills transfer and other services. We actively seek, engage and partner with such organisations to share knowledge derived from our respective efforts to coordinate our activities to maximise the collective benefit to our residents.

CONTACT US

HAG, Perth, Western Australia

+61 413 129 791

info@housingallianceglobal.com

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