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The Centre has been diagnosing the Development and Housing Challenges facing the people and government of Nigeria. It participated in the review of National Development Plan and as a result, the Nigerian Government promulgated the new National Housing and Urban Development Policies. The Centre recognizing the importance of this, secured a grant from the Netherlands Government under its Tailor-made Training programme to develop the capacity of its staff to plan and implement social housing in Nigeria.

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Students (IHS) Erasmus University Rotterdam delivered the training in six modules spread over six months of Jan-July, 2013 including a field trip to Nairobi, Kenya.

The Modules covered:

  • Housing Rights
  • Developing Social Housing Projects
  • Informal Settlement Projects and Tenure Security
  • Sustainable Resettlement Projects
  • Urban Land Development Strategies
  • International Study Tour

The International Study Tour took CHSUD Staff and its associates to Agencies and Departments in Kenya that were involved in Kenya Slum Upgrading programmes, some Community –led and state Initiated slum upgrading projects; Amnesty International Kenya; Centre for Urban Research and Innovation (CURI) Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Nairobi, Kenya and UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya. The training has boosted the capacity of CHSUD to provide technical support to the Federal, State and Local governments in the implementation of their Social Housing projects.

In October 2013, the Centre participated in the Nigeria’s first National Housing and slum summit in Abuja with the theme: Developing a National Strategy for Mass Housing and Slum Upgrading. Expressing concern over the growing national housing deficit put at between 16-17 million units, the large number of slum dwellers estimated at 60 percents of the urban population and the need to redirect public policy and implementation for sustainable housing delivery and urban development, the summit provided a veritable platform for key stakeholders in housing and urban development sector including CHSUD to propose innovative and adaptable strategies for sustainable slum upgrading in Nigeria.

The Director of the Centre attended a conference which took place at the United Nations Complex in Nairobi, Kenya from 4th to 6th December, 2013 for the Strengthening Partnership for a New African Urban Agenda project which was initiated by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) with strong support and collaboration from Government of Nigeria and Ghana. 110 delegates from 37 countries attended the conference.

The Centre was represented by its Director in the following committees:

  • Ministerial Implementation of the National Housing and Urban Development Policy for Nigerians;
  • Committee to Develop a Roadmap for Sustainable Implementation for National Policies and Programs for the Housing and Urban Development Sector.


CHSUD Journal on Settlement Research and Development is an international Journal published bi- annually. The journal is focused on Settlement Development issues that affect cities of the 21st Century. The intention is to provide a medium for the dissemination of information on research outcomes and best practices on new approaches and or strategies for managing human settlement for livability and sustainability. The journal therefore provides an information base for the academic community, professionals, policy makers’ government officials, practitioners in the built environment and city managers.


Since the successful publication of the maiden edition of CHSUD journal, the journal has been well received by the academic community and this led to the publication of volume 2 and 3 have been published.


The Centre provided a technical advisory service to the Niger State Government through its Ministry of lands, Housing and Urban Development on the implementation of vision 3:2020. The ministry reached an agreement with the Centre to engage its expertise in the:

  • assessment of the extent of achievement of goals of vision 3:2020 in the provision of housing for Nigerlites and how the sector can perform better with the use of local building materials;
  • adopt appropriate technology and effective manpower training to raise output in the industry;
  • reduce the cost of houses by developing and promoting appropriate designs and production technologies for the housing sector.


The Centre got the National University Commission and Senate approval to commence two (2) Masters Programmes namely: Master of Technology in Urban Ecology and Master of Technology in Sustainable Urban Development and one (1) Post Graduate Diploma in Local Economic Development. This is the first time the two Masters Programmes would be offerred in any Nigerian University. The Masters degree Programmes billed to commence in 2013/2014 has boosted the academic function of CHSUD.


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