Holding Their Ground: Secure Land Tenure for the Urban Poor in Developing Countries

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Security of land tenure for the urban poor is fast becoming one of the major problems for developing cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Based on extensive research this book presents and analyses the main conclusions of a comparative research program on land tenure issues. Based on extensive case studies, it gives a comparative perspective of land tenure at a global level. It looks at how solutions can be found and implemented to respond to the demands and needs of the majority of urban households living in informal settlements, and analyses how urban stakeholders, under particular social, legal and economic constraints, are devising and employing innovative and flexible responses.

"Holding Their Ground" fills a gap in the current literature on comparative research on tenure policies and will be invaluable to researchers, and professionals involved in defining and instigating tenure upgrading policies and programs.

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Editorial Reviews

M. Q. Dao
Land tenure is important for rural development in developing countries. In light of rapid urbanization trends in these countries, the issue of land tenure security in urban areas is equally important. In this edited volume, experts in urban land management and policy in developing countries address this topic in the context of three specific case studies: India, Brazil, and South Africa. Chapters discussing land tenure issues in these countries are organized in three separate parts. Contributors' writing style is clear and concise, and the text flows smoothly. Chapter 15 provides a comparison of how the three counties have dealt with the demands and needs of the majority of urban families living in informal settlements, while the final chapter provides an agenda for future research on this issue. This book is carefully organized such that the introductory chapter and the two concluding ones give a splendid summary of the work presented. Since little mathematical analysis or derivation is involved, this volume is accessible to a wide audience ranging from general readers and lower-division undergraduates to faculty researchers and policy makers in the area of urban land management.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853838903
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Alain Durand-Lasserve is a research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France, specializing in urban land management and policies in developing countries.
Lauren Royston is a development planner, specializing in land and housing and integrated development planning. She is currently co-principle of Development Works, an urban development organization based in Johannesburg.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures and Boxes
About the Editors
About the Contributors
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
1 International Trends and Country Contexts - From Tenure Regularization to Tenure Security 1
Pt. 1 India
2 Security of Tenure in Indian Cities 37
3 Policies for Tenure Security in Delhi 59
4 Security of Tenure: Mumbai's Experience 75
5 Security of Tenure of Irregular Settlements in Visakhapatnam 86
Pt. 2 Brazil
6 Providing Security of Land Tenure for the Urban Poor: The Brazilian Experience 101
7 Security of Tenure in Sao Paulo 127
8 The Right to Housing and the Prevention of Forced Evictions in Brazil 138
9 Favela Bairro: A Brief Institutional Analysis of the Programme and its Land Aspects 151
Pt. 3 South Africa
10 Security of Urban Tenure in South Africa: Overview of Policy and Practice 165
11 Evaluating Tenure Intervention in Informal Settlements in South Africa 182
12 Why the Urban Poor Cannot Secure Tenure: South African Tenure Policy under Pressure 195
13 Privatizing Displaced Urbanization in Greater Nelspruit 209
14 A Land Management Approach for Informal Settlement in South Africa 218
Pt. 4 Conclusions
15 Evaluating the Experience of Brazilian, South African and Indian Urban Tenure Programmes 233
16 The Experience of Tenure Security in Brazil, South Africa and India: What Prospects for the Future? 245
Index 257
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