The City We Need is Affordable

Up to now, affordable housing initiatives have been mainly undertaken by governments through subsidies, tax incentives, rezoning and allocation of extra air-rights.

Getting the private sector more involved is a must to significantly expand the number of projects and increase the supply of moderately-priced housing for rent and for sale for the people who make our cities work.

Affordable Housing

World Urban Campaign

In January 2016, FIABCI – The International Real Estate Federation launched an international World Urban Campaign: “The City We Need Is Affordable”. This campaign has the following main components:

1. PUBLICATIONS (The City We Need is Affordable): To date, five publications have been launched (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021), showcasing creative solutions to affordable housing around the world.

2. WEBINARS: Webinars that seek to inspire by presenting recent trends & solutions in affordable housing.

3. VIDEOS (Urban Thinking Talks): A series of short videos on affordable housing posted throughout 2020 and 2021.

4. PRESENTATIONS: Presentations on affordable housing and discussion notes from the virtual World Urban Thinkers Campus held in June 2020 in partnership with UN Habitat.


The City We Need is Affordable

FIABCI has published five volumes in its series titled The City We Need is Affordable. The extraordinary population growth expected in the next three decades creates an urgent need to build more housing of more types in more places for all income levels.

We are pleased with the success of the previous volumes and are excited to continue to share the best practices we have collected.

We look forward to the next volume to be published in 2022. You can submit free entries by sending an email to Danielle Grossenbacher by clicking here.



  • Benefits of Public-Private partnerships in building Affordable Housing (May 21, 2021):
  • Affordable Living as the Key Factor of Sustainable Developments (April 22, 2021):



Consisting of a series of short videos and talks released throughout 2020 and 2021, the Urban Thinking Talks aims to share knowledge, experiences and thoughts from leading Real Estate and Industry Experts from around the world on a wide range of Real Estate Development topics such as: affordable housing, green and sustainable development, smart city, happy city, a new township development, etc.


  • USA: Creating Livable Cities Post-COVID19 : Challenges to Ponder (2021): Theodore Liebman – Principal with Perkins Eastman and Board Member, Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, USA.
  • INDONESIA: Building Well Integrated Communities in Indonesia (2020): Budiarsa Sastrawinata – CEO, Ciputra Group & President of FIABCI Indonesia
  • INDIA: Upgrading Slums in India: Pratima Joshi – Executive Director, Shelter Associates, Pune India
  • A good practice and creative way to provide affordable housing to low income people 2024 (2021) – Edmundo Werna – Maputo, Mozambique
  • For Affordable & Sustainable Cities Tomorrow – Post-Pandemic Urbanism(2021) – Lance Jay Brown


Affordable housing is the way to go if we want cities that thrive tomorrow

Currently there is a severe shortage of moderately priced housing for those who live and work in our cities. Affordable housing will become an even greater challenge since within the next 20 years, experts predict that the global urban population will nearly double in size. We need to collectively focus on solutions for affordable and sustainable cities.

Thanks to the following organizations for their support: