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Allan Cain
Tel: 00 244 912507253
Morada institucional: Development Workshop. Desenvolvimento Comunitário. Rua Rei Katyavala 113, CP3360, Luanda, Angola
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3598-3193
Curriculum Vitae

Nota biográfica

Allan Cain is an architect and specialist in urban planning, microfinance and development and is the founding director of Development Workshop. He has a degree in Environmental Studies, a postgraduate degree from the Architectural Association (London) and other specialist studies at the Harvard University and Bolder, Colorado, in Microfinance and Housing Financing, and received an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his work and practice. He became an officer of the Order of Canada in 2004, having won several awards for his work in international development, including the Drivers of Change Award in 2009, the UNHabitat Dubai International Best Practices Award in 2011 and more recently, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, in 2016. He has more than 35 years of professional experience in so-called developing countries, many of which are in conflict or post-conflict, such as Angola. He has worked as a consultant, having led several research projects for the World Bank, UNHabitat, the European Union and other international organizations. He has taught at several universities, namely in China, Angola, Norway, the United States of America, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada, where he is a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa in the School of International Development and Global Studies and an Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Carleton. He is a member of the advisory board of the Environment & Urbanism Journal of the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED) and administration boards of several other development institutions. He has several articles published in international scientific journals. He is co-founder and president of KixiCrédito, the first non-bank microfinance institution in Angola, a pioneer in housing microfinance.

Áreas de especialização

Participatory and inclusive urban development, planning and construction; qualification of informal settlements; housing finance market; urban renovation and housing land markets; water and sanitation; risks and vulnerability under climate change; urban poverty reduction.

Últimas publicações

CAIN, A. (2022). “Huambo – Angola’s Green City”, in The Dynamics of Secondary Cities in Africa: Urbanisation, Migration and Development, Cities Alliance & African Development Bank.

Ngombe, M.,  Domingos, J., CAIN, A. (2022).  “COVID-19 in Angola’s slums: Providing evidence and a roadmap for participatory slum upgrading in pandemic times”, ICCCASU-4, Springer (forthcoming).

CAIN, A. (2021). “Angola’s unfinished Land Reform”, in The Land Times, 23 July 2021,

CAIN, A. (2020). "Housing for whom? rebuilding Angola’s cities after conflict", in Reframing the Urban Challenge in Africa, 06 December 2020, Routledge Studies in Cities and Development,

CAIN, A. (2020). “Building Resilience to Climate Change in Angola's coastal cities” Conference: Angola Forum 2020 - Sustainability & Inclusion in Economic Recovery & Reform, 24 November 2020, at: Chatham House, London UK.

CAIN, A., BAPTISTA, A.C. (2020). “Community Management and the Demand for ‘Water for All’ in Angola’s Musseques”, Water 2020, Special Issue Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, 12(6), 1592;

CAIN, A. (2019). "Women’s Tenure Rights and Land Reform in Angola", presented to World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 27 March 2019,

CAIN, A. (2018). “Informal water markets and community management in peri-urban Luanda Angola - Water International”, Journal of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA), Volume 43, Published 20 Feb. 2018.

CAIN, A. ; MIDI, A. (2017). “African Struggles for the Right to the City, Global Platform for the Right to the city”,

CAIN, A. (2017). “Alternatives to commodity-backed urbanization; the case of China in Angola”, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Volume 33, Number 3, 2017, pp. 478–495.

CAIN, A. (2017). “Financing and Affordability of Urban Services for Housing in Angola”, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa, 25 January 2017, Johannesburg,