World Bank: Housing finance in emerging markets prospering despite crisis

08:40, June 09, 2010      

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Housing finance is prospering in emerging markets despite the economic slowdown and the mortgage crisis in many developed economies, according to a report released by the World Bank on Tuesday.

According to the report, lessons from the crisis will impact the way finance for housing is provided in every country, but its development remains critical and access to housing finance continues to be a challenge for all emerging economies.

"The existing housing stock and urban infrastructure is already coming under severe pressure, resulting in the spread of slums and damage to economic growth," said Loic Chiquier, Manager of the World Bank's Non-Bank Financial Institutions Group. "Substantial investment will be required in the coming years just to keep up with growing demand."

India, for example, expects to have 590 million people living in cities by 2030, twice the current population of the United States.

The World Bank Group has multiple projects in India and around the world working to address these needs.

In India, the concept of "mini-mortgages" has been introduced where products are offered to low and lower-middle income borrowers who are creditworthy but do not have access to housing finance due, for example, to undocumented or irregular income.


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