AffordBuild is an urban policy initiative answering to the international dialogue on the provision of affordable housing to the global south. The manual is designed to cater for a DO-IT-YOURSELF residential community in an African arid context. The ingenuity of the AffordBuild initiative is not that of providing a new solution to a long-rooted problem, but rather enabling communities to take the lead on creating their own neighborhoods. AffordBuild emphasizes the local, and the beautiful; integrating the housing initiative on a neighborhood level. AffordBuild moves beyond the question of “how much” to “how so;” in other words emphasizing the physical delivery of construction after the economic modelling; by and with the African community.