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Africa’s growing cities: how do people adapt?
The dome of a mosque under construction
T. Smith / Panos Pictures
With World Habitat Day on October 6, in this article Dr. Mark Napier provides a timely insight on the urgent need to address unequal access to land and property. Specifically he reflects on how African cities grow and the way poor people can integrate themselves into urban economies.

Latest Documents

Investigation
into
the
delays
in
issuing
title
deeds
to
beneficiaries
of
housing
projects
funded
by
the
capital
subsidy: desktop review
A Di Lollo; R Gordon; M Nell / Urban LandMark, 2011
South Africa’s housing policy was launched in 1994 with a key component being the housing subsidy scheme which promised to deliver one million houses in five years. Since that date the Department of Human Settlements estimates t...
Investigation into the delays in issuing title deeds to beneficiaries of housing projects funded by the capital subsidy
R Gordon; M Nell; A Di Lollo / Urban LandMark, 2011
Recognising that subsidised houses in South Africa have limited potential to function as an asset without the provision of formal title, the report identifies the objective of ensuring that formal transfer to subsidy beneficiaries occ...
Do informal land markets work for poor people?: an assessment of three metropolitan cities in South Africa: analysis of legislation
M. Kihato / Urban LandMark, 2007
This paper seeks to determine what the effects of the regulatory system are on the ability of the urban poor to access, trade and hold land in South Africa. The paper indicates that many of South Africa’s tenure regulatio...
Home based entrepreneurs
Urban LandMark, 2006
To understand why not many South Africans consider their house as an asset that can build wealth, and how the economic asset potential of housing can be promoted as a strategy to alleviate poverty, a study into housing entrepreneurs w...
Improving land sector governance in South Africa implementation of the land governance assessment framework
W Ovens / Urban LandMark, 2012
Land governance and administration are critical for achieving economic growth and development in any country. It is within this context that the World Bank introduced the Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) for identifying spe...
Towards effective state interventions to improve access by the poor to urban land markets
N Napier; N Ntombela / Urban LandMark, 2006
The main objective of this study is to investigate and discuss ways in which the state should intervene around urban land issues, within the context of its relationship to the private sector, in order to improve the access of poorer a...
Do informal land markets work for poor people?: an assessment of three metropolitan cities in South Africa
C. Marx / Urban LandMark, 2007
This research investigates the extra-legal ways in which poor people access, trade and hold urban land in different types of settlements in three South African metropolitan areas. The document shows that poor people generally a...
Urban land markets: how the poor access, hold and trade land
C. Marx; L. Royston / Urban LandMark, 2007
This Urban LandMark report investigates how the poor access, hold and trade land in different types of settlements in three metropolitan areas in South Africa. The paper suggests that land transactions are taking place outside of the ...
Urban land biographies: a study of co-existing land use and land use management in three precincts in Gauteng
C. Marx; M. Rubin / Urban LandMark, 2008
This book tells that the distinctive contribution of urban land biographies is how they reveal and give value to a greater set of land use management processes and practices than is officially acknowledged by planners and policy-maker...
‘Divisible spaces’: land biographies in Diepkloof, Thokoza and Doornfontein, Gauteng
C. Marx; M. Rubin / Urban LandMark, 2008
This report explores how urban land is endlessly divided and re?divided within the context of the interaction of formal and informal land use management systems in South Africa. The paper reviews the story of land in three case study ...
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