Ethiopian condominiums : “prisons” or golden cities ?
Ninon Blond

Since 2005, the Ethiopian government has embarked on a broad policy of urban renewal and construction. To meet the growing demand for housing in the Ethiopian cities, he has built nearly 80,000 condominiums. The majority are located in Addis Ababa […]. 63,677 families have already received an apartment in a condominium. The town hall distributes them through a lottery system. Those who have won the lottery then have 30 years to pay 40,000 birr which are about 1800 euros, required by the city to become the proud owners of their new apartments. (Slate Africa)

 For more infos or details :

The original article on Slate Africa (FR)

The repport of a French mission on the subject in Ethiopia. (FR)

A video on the phenomenon in Senegal. (FR)

video extract of a a seminar on social housing and funding in Ivory Coast. (FR)

During  Bamako photo biennale, the artist Nassim Rouchiche, in his series « Ca va waka ! » looked at the interiors of these buildings. (FR)

An article on the limits of social housing in Africa, to be compared to their “white suburban houses” equivalents. (FR)

 Artwork :

M.Y. pour B(s)ttF


Ninon Blond
Doctorante en géographie à l'Université Lumière Lyon 2, ancienne élève de l'ENS de Lyon, Ninon Blond est spécialisée dans l'étude de l'histoire des paysages, la géoarchéologie et les paléoenvironnements. Ses recherches portent sur le nord de l'Ethiopie et sont en lien avec des fouilles archéologiques concernant les périodes axoumites et pré-axoumites. Sa collaboration aux publications de B(s)ttF est pour elle un moyen d'échanger sur ses lectures et d'ouvrir à un public plus large le contenu de ses recherches, en traitant de sujets plus larges mais aussi plus actuels.
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