The first 12 months of operation will be taken up by R&D (research and development) for our proof of concept. This all-important phase is the basis on which our entire operation is founded and will be conducted in Africa, where there is currently a total deficit of 50.5 million dwelling units. Natural resource development and urbanisation are creating great opportunities in its vibrant and rapidly developing economies, but lack of housing is restraining growth.
The BCI “Enquiry Tools” system and database will be developed through the process of ascertaining and recording the selected community’s housing, infrastructure, and related needs. Data and learnings from the research will be channeled into the next stage – a pilot project in the host country, which will be the subject of a separate round of fund-raising.
Ultimately, we will scale up to the development and delivery of whole communities, complete with supporting health, commercial, educational and cultural buildings and services, creating employment opportunities and improving the quality of life for African countries and other emerging nations.
We are reaching out to benefactors – individuals or groups who share our commitment – to be part of this history-making initiative, to help fund our R&D for this very important contribution to the improvement of economic prospects and living standards of the hundreds of millions of low-income earners of Africa, which will in turn help ease the pressures of urbanisation, reduce the “brain drain” and youth migration to developed nations.
From a purely economic viewpoint, history has shown that all developing communities, as they improve their skills, gain employment in local industry, manufacturing, construction and other sectors, eventually graduate to the middle class, increasing their demand for global goods and services.