NASHO’s focus

In order to be as effective as we can with the limited resources we have been entrusted with, NASHO focuses on these 4 Key Programmes

NASHO undertakes research projects that are intended to understand how the sector is performing and to inform ways of improving the sectors development.

NASHO also undertakes ‘innovative’ projects as a means of testing and demonstrating approaches that can practically improve the development of the sector.

Presently here are some of these projects and progress being made:

  • Precinct Based SH Driven Urban Regeneration
  • Municipal – SHI ‘Smart Partner’ Arrangement
  • NASHO PMT and Sector Benchmarking
  • Operational Costs
  • Incentives for SH Development in Our Cities
  • Advocacy





Generic Capacity Development

This is a programme of capacity development events planned every year covering various aspects of work in the sector and intended for different stakeholders.
Most of these are self- financing events so there is a fee but it is lower than the market price for the quality of event.   

Tailored Activities

NASHO is available develop specific capacity development projects for stakeholders in the sector whether it is a one off training event or a more complex organisational intervention. NASHO will work with the stakeholder organisation in defining the capacity intervention, organise and manage it and mobilise the necessary skills and knowledge to make it successful.

Learning Hub

As part of the Canadian Government programme managed by Rooftops NASHO was provided with financing for 3 Learning Hubs, 1 each in Cape Town, Johannesburg and EThekwini. Our members in Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City and Emahlahleni are also using their board room facilities to complement the network.

These are audio visual conferencing venues that permit the organising of capacity development, information exchanges, workshops and meetings. NASHO with Equal Spaces has a formal programme of events. To see the latest programme click here.

It is also possible for other sector stakeholders to book to use these facilities for a small fee. 

Technical Services Centre


NASHO’s TSC provides SHIs and municipalities with guidance, capacity development and direct project or programme support in their endeavours to realise cost effective social housing projects. Findings show that, with a few notable exceptions, development and maintenance costs are comparatively higher in the social housing sector, and vary across an unacceptably wide range. This can be ascribed mainly to inadequate knowledge and understanding of the critical cost drivers, and a lack of insight and skill to manage the factors that influence costs, even when experienced developers and comptetent professional experts are employed to assist in delivering projects.

The Technical Services Centre was set up in 2012 to help members overcome these challenges through two main types of services: firstly developing generic technical guidelines and training modules available generally to the sector, and secondly the rendering of fee-based services to specific clients on request.


Social Housing in action

Equal Spaces

The Equal Spaces: Social Housing to End Spatial Apartheid in South Africa Project is part of the bilateral development program between the Governments of Canada and South Africa.