The Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa is a division of the FinMark Trust. FinMark Trust is a non-profit independent trust, funded primarily by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and was established in March 2002. FinMark Trust's purpose is ‘Making financial markets work for the poor, by promoting financial inclusion and regional financial integration'. It does this by conducting research to identify the systemic constraints that prevent financial markets from reaching out to these consumers and by advocating for change on the basis of research findings. Thus, FinMark Trust has a catalytic role, driven by its purpose to start processes of change that ultimately lead to the development of inclusive financial systems that can benefit all consumers.
The vision of the CAHF is that housing finance practitioners as well as consumers and regulators throughout Africa have the necessary information and analysis at their disposal to enable sound and productive choices for the benefit of especially the poor and financially excluded. To this end, the CAHF seeks to be recognised as a primary source of information and debate relating to access to affordable housing finance in Africa.