Housing Informality: Gaps and Promising Models in Zimbabwe


  • Nyasha Mutsindikwa
  • Jeofrey Matai
  • Willoughby Zimunya


provision, model, policy, informality,, governance


This article examines housing informality through the lens of housing policy and identifies the gaps in practice. It argues that housing policy and the implementation thereof is central to addressing housing informality in cities. This is against the background that housing informality is, to some extent, a resultant effect of the gap between housing policy and its implementation and that housing policies that do not offer appropriate housing models, contribute to the creation of housing informality. A qualitative research approach was adopted, with document review, desk review and key informant interviews used to collect data. Findings revealed that the housing policy in Zimbabwe does not provide options for proper housing models. Instead, they provide options that are beyond the reach of low-income earners and the poor. It was concluded that housing informality is a result of poor housing delivery models as well as gaps between policy and practice. Recommendations are that the housing policy should offer options for housing delivery models that help to reduce the gap between policy and practice and, subsequently, housing informality.