British International Investment

Pan African Housing Fund LLC

KenyaRwandaZambiaAfricaConstruction & Real estate

Affordable / middle income housing fund focussed on Southern and Eastern Africa

This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group.

Our investment

Description of the investment.

CDC invested $20 million in the PAHF in 2012. The fund closed  at $41.95 million in 2014. Other investors include the African Development Bank, Shelter Afrique, the Trade and Development Bank, Africa Re and the Dutch DFI, FMO. Our investment will facilitate the construction of quality housing in Kenya, Zambia and Rwanda.

Expected impact

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Across Eastern and Southern Africa, years of under-investment in housing, coupled with rapidly growing populations, have led to a severe lack of housing.

In the three countries targeted by PAHF, the lack of decent, reasonably-priced housing stock prevents families moving out of the low-quality, informal housing sector. This exacerbates the pressures of urbanisation.

PAHF aims to catalyse finance for the construction of up to 3,500 quality new homes over ten years, and in doing so create an estimated 12,000 jobs. 

All developments will take place in urban areas and the housing provided will be available for both sale and rental markets.

Environmental and social information

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Environmental and social summary

We worked closely with the fund manager and other development finance institutions (DFIs) to develop and implement an ESMS that has the capacity to manage the higher level of environmental and social risk associated with this sector.

Reporting and Complaints Mechanism

The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism allows anyone outside BII to report alleged breaches of the business integrity or environmental and social provisions of BII’s Policy on Responsible Investing. This includes breaches made by BII, a BII investee, or a portfolio company of a fund in which BII has invested. The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism Rules are available here. Reports and complaints can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail. See more details on our Reporting and Complaints Mechanism here.

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  • Key facts

    Last updated

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    January 2024
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    The geographical region where the country is located. We currently invest in Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Caribbean. In 2023, BII’s investment mandate was extended allowing it to invest in regional funds linked to Ukraine, with the majority of activity expected to begin post-war. Investments outside these regions were made prior to 2012 under previous investment mandates.


    The countries from which we derive the value of our investment. Where value is derived from multiple countries, this is indicated.

    Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia

    We prioritise those sectors that facilitate development and need our capital the most. Our priority sectors contribute towards many of the Sustainable Development Goals. They range from investing in the power infrastructure that will provide people with better access to electricity, to investing in financial institutions that direct capital to the individuals and businesses that need it the most.

    Construction & Real estate

    We provide capital in the following ways: directly – through direct equity, direct debt, guarantees and other non-intermediated financial instruments; and indirectly – principally through investment funds.

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    Investment type :
    Start date :
    December 2012
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    Fund Manager:
    Phatisa Property Fund Manager Ltd

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Investments made by this fund into companies:

For further information about these companies, visit

Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
72 Magadi Road (Hadada) Kenya East Africa Construction & Real estate January 2015 Exited
Camland Villas Zambia East Africa Construction & Real estate May 2015 Active
Izuba City Rwanda East Africa Construction & Real estate June 2015 Exited
Nakuru Meadows Kenya East Africa Construction & Real estate September 2015 Active
Westlands Place Kenya East Africa Construction & Real estate November 2014 Active
Westpoint Heights (Goshawk) Kenya East Africa Construction & Real estate May 2014 Active

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