China – Affordable Housing Technical Assistance

Funding bodies: The World Bank

Duration: January 2012 – June 2014

Objectives: Review of affordable housing in a central district of Shanghai

GPA was invited by the World Bank to contribute to a study mission to review housing conditions of residents in a central district of Shanghai, including the extent and nature of housing demand and resources for the broader rental market in order that District authorities responsible for meeting official targets can do so in ways which balance needs and resources in the short and medium terms.

The research will propose innovative approaches in land use, financing models, supervision models, distribution mechanism and exit channels for developing affordable housing in downtown areas of metropolises, through in-depth investigation of current obstacles and problems, lessons learned from international and domestic successes and comparison of the strength and weakness of different models. It will offer recommendations on policies, institutional design, operation roadmap, implementation arrangement, issues to pay attention to in the development and operation of affordable housing in downtown areas of metropolises.

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