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Stimulating growth and improving the delivery of housing microfinance interventions: an analysis of critical demand factors

Bondinuba, F. K., Opoku, A., Owusu-Manu, D. and Donkor-Hyiaman, K. A. (2018) Stimulating growth and improving the delivery of housing microfinance interventions: an analysis of critical demand factors. Journal of Facilities Management, 16 (3). pp. 238-252. ISSN 1472-5967

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/jfm-04-2017-0019


Purpose The emergence of housing microfinance (HMF) as a response to the low-income groups’ inability to access traditional housing finance is an innovative strategy by creative Microfinance Institutions. Yet, low-income groups’ still face barriers in accessing these innovative products, particularly in Ghana. This paper aims to examine the critical demand barriers and how to develop and improve the design and delivery of HMF interventions in the low-income housing market in Ghana. Design/methodology/approach The paper achieves its aim by adopting a focus-group discussion strategy to examine the constraints to the demand for HMF among low-income groups’ in Ghana. Findings Nine factors constrained the design, delivery and demand for HMF – affordability issues; risk; land tenure insecurity; high interest rate; collateralization and insurance challenges; unfavourable HMF loan conditions; lack of social capital; high cost of land and building materials; and ineffective consumer protection. Research limitations/implications Although limited to low-income groups, strategies to stimulate demand for HMF should focus on three broad problems – affordability, macroeconomic management and institutional development and government intervention. Social implications The paper makes significant contributions to the body of knowledge, regarding understanding the low-income housing market and its financing in the context of a developing country. Originality/value The novelty of the paper is founded on the premise of the research methodology adopted to unearthed the barriers to the demand of HMF in Ghana. Future research effort should be directed at exploring the motivations behind low-income groups’ decision to demand HMF and the risk associated with the use of HMF in the context of Ghana.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:78814

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