Prolonged war and increasing urbanisation in Angola have had lasting effects on its residents. There has been dramatic economic growth in the country since the end of the conflict in 2002, but this has had only a small impact on reducing poverty in the country, and the majority of Angola’s population is still considered poor.
One of the major problems facing Angola's poor is the lack of government capacity and efforts to plan and develop housing and basic services. Three quarters of city dwellers live in peri-urban informal settlements (known as musseques), which simply cannot cope with the numbers needing safe and secure homes. Angola’s capital, Luanda, is home to over 6 million people. In Luanda it is estimated that:
Homeless International began working in Angola in 2011. We work with our partner organisation, Development Workshop Angola, Angola’s oldest, and for many years its only, non-governmental organisation. In our first project with Development Workshop, we are supporting poor communities in Luanda to work together – and with governments – to improve living conditions and reduce poverty for even the poorest city residents.