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By on January 24, 2018

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Name of Department

Real Estate Center


3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA


Official Focal Point
Marja C Hoek-Smit mhoek@wharton.upenn.edu

Alternate Focal Point
Anagha K. Jayaprakasan whara-anaghaj@wharton.upenn.edu

Authority approving the partnership
Dr Marja C Hoek-Smit, Director



International Housing Finance Program (IHFP)

The International Housing Finance Program (IHFP) is part of the Real Estate Center of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. IHFP was established in 1985 to foster excellence in housing finance education, technical advisory services and research, with a specific focus on developing and emerging market economies.
IHFP’s Executive Education Programs have delivered state of the art knowledge in housing finance and policy analysis for more than 30 years, both at the Wharton School and in some 40 countries worldwide. IHFP’s ~4000 alumni are part of a network of senior housing finance industry leaders and policy-makers across more than 100 countries.
IHFP faculty have provided Advisory Services to governments, private and non- profit housing institutions and training institutions in well over 75 countries in Sub- Saharan Africa and the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central-,Pacific- and South Asia.

IHFP operates a Data and Information web-portal HOFINET http://www.hofinet.org that provides housing finance information on 140 countries worldwide, and which is an independent (501)c3 organization affiliated with IHFP.

Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Housing
  • Resilience
  • Capacity Development
  • Information and monitoring of housing
  • Markets
  • Housing economics
Suggested Collaboration Opportunities

International Housing Finance Program (IHFP)
Professional Development: The international Housing Finance Program conducts a course in housing finance and mortgage securitization which focuses on emerging market economies aimed at housing finance professionals from around the world. Also IHFP conducts courses in different emerging market countries including India, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Africa, Nigeria, etc.

Policy Advice: IHFP faculty has worked in more than 75 developing and advanced economies to provide technical assistance and advice on housing and housing finance related policy issues. These contracts were either directly with public or private sector entities in each country or through international development institutions.

Educational Advising: IHFP supports Universities, Professional Associations’ and Central Bank Training Institutions to establish or strengthen their housing finance education programs. Few developing countries have programs focused on housing finance and housing market/policy analysis.

This effort led to the long-term partnership with the Graduate School of Business at Cape Town University (CTU), South Africa, to teach the annual, joint Wharton – CTU housing finance course for Sub-Saharan Africa.


Research and Knowledge Management: The Housing Finance Information Network (HOFINET) is a quality-assured web portal that consolidates regularly updated international housing finance knowledge in one central, easily accessible place.