Accessing land in African cities
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: African Books Collective
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Trading Places is an inspired culmination of nearly a decade of careful research and policy advocacy by the Urban Land Markets Programme Southern African (Urban LandMark). The book is succinct and persuasive in the presentation of the approach developed by Urban LandMark, but it has also retained the sense of depth...
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Trading Places is about a new understanding of how people living in African cities access land and renegotiate real estate markets. It is the result of seven years of work developing pro-poor interventions to make urban land markets work better. The work included building up a new body of evidence, engaging in policy change processes...
Chapter 1 - Land and markets in African cities:T ime for a new lens?
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Most people living in cities in Africa live outside of the legal system, without clear rights to the land they occupy. These pieces of land make up the so-called slums which surround and permeate most growing cities, and which are home to between half and three quarters of African urban residents...
Chapter 2 - Defining markets: A set of transactions between actors
Rob McGaffin and Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
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Poverty reduction is usually the cornerstone on which most development policies and programmes are premised. However, true development should be defined as the production or emergence of responses that improve the ability of people to function in their environment (Earthlife Africa 1992). This is because, as Nussbaum...
Chapter 3 - In the meantime… Moving towards secure tenure by recognising local practice
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Colourful plastic buckets line up along the wall built around the standpipe, waiting for the pressure to increase. When it does, the water will finally flow and their owners will arrive to claim their buckets and a place that they hold in the queue. People here are patient...
Chapter 4 - Getting land governance right in sub-Saharan cities: More than land administration
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It is too easy to argue that land markets will work better for poor women and men if the laws that govern the different dimensions of those markets are rationalised and improved. If laws are clearer, simpler and fewer, the argument goes, then transaction costs are...
Chapter 5 - Choices and decisions: Locating the poor in urban land markets
Caroline Wanjiku Kihato and Mark Napier
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World cities face a bleak future. Global capital, state failure, structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) and a misguided non-profit sector collude to create a world of ‘megaslums’ which are ‘characterised by overcrowding, poor or informal housing, inadequate access...
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Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2013