The Millard Fuller Foundation (MFF) was privileged to be in attendance at the 10th edition of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) which held in Abu Dhabi, UAE between 8th and 13th February 2020. The WUF is a bi-annual event hosted by UN-Habitat in conjunction with the host city Authority.

MFF’s attendance was at the instance of its UK partners, Reall who played a very prominent role at the event, participating widely at various dialogues, special sessions, networking & press conferences, apart from hosting a stand at which 3 architectural scale models of the US$10,000 homes being built by their partners in Kenya (NACHU), Pakistan (AMC) and Nigeria (MFF) were displayed for public viewing.

The stand was well attended and Nigeria’s housing model received wide attention as the ‘cheapest house built by a private developer’ on the African continent. Visitors to the Reall stand from Nigeria include, Vice-Chancellors of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU); the Commissioner of Housing from Kaduna State, Arc. Fausat Ibikunle; the Honourable Minister of State for Housing, Eng. Abubakar Aliyu amongst others.

The highlight of the Forum was a special networking event on Day 4 hosted by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in which SIDA endorsed and presented Reall with its unique, high-impact and investable proposition of affordable housing in urban Africa and Asia.

A meeting of Reall network partners was also held during which 2 new partners from India (Syntellect and Janadhaar) were welcomed as were 2 building contractors from Ghana and Burkina Faso currently engaged in completing some houses in those countries.

A side meeting between the team leader of the DFID-funded Future Cities programme, our very own Simon Gusah, the Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency (LASURA) and Reall was further held to explore areas of possible collaboration.