8th Global Housing Finance Conference

Start Date 5/31/2018
End Date 6/1/2018
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Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals focuses on sustainable cities and communities and the World Bank Group is seeking submissions of original, innovative and data-driven ideas on how to make this goal a reality, particularly the role housing finance can play in ensuring access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing.

The biennial Global Housing Finance Conference, hosted by the World Bank Group, is the foremost global event for housing finance. The next conference (the 8th in the series) will take place in Washington, DC on May 30 – June 1, 2018. The author(s) of the final selected paper(s) will be invited to present their ideas at the conference and their papers will be published on select platforms. In parallel, the producers/original content providers of the selected media submissions will have their short videos broadcast throughout the conference. All hotel and travel expenses of the winning submissions will be covered by the World Bank.


The overarching theme for your submission should be around innovation and transformation in the housing finance system. The selection committee would like to see original and innovative thinking around the topics below that can take us a step further toward reaching the 2030 Goal. Submissions with a gender or climate focus are highly encouraged. 

  1. Housing Finance Policy Reforms
  2. Affordable Housing Solutions: lending to low-income and informal sector groups
  3. Housing finance solutions for the displaced and/or in fragile and conflict environments
  4. Technological/Digital solutions to catalyze results
  5. Housing Microfinance


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