Introductory paper by the secretariat
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The reason for the Commission requesting the secretariat to arrange a series of sub-regional meetings of experts on House-Building Costs was the well known fact that the number of houses built annually in Africa does, by far, not meet the demands, let alone the needs, of the growing African population. This is especially true in rapidly growing urban areas where in fact only some twenty per cent of the needs are adequately met.