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2010 Urban LandMark Conference

Rethinking emerging land markets in rapidly growing southern African cities

1 - 2 November 2010, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Urban Land Markets Programme of Southern Africa hosted a regional conference in November to:

  • bring together key commentators on urban land issues in the region and beyond to ascertain the state of knowledge on poorer people's access to land and land markets; and
  • build stronger links amongst practitioners and researchers.

The event centred on three main themes, which informed the scope of the discussions.

  • Theme 1: Recognising land rights - identifying alternative ways of recognising land rights
  • Theme 2: The political economy of urban land markets in Africa
  • Theme 3: Urban land governance

Although this conference focused on southern Africa, a number of papers from other regions that are comparative and promote learning between countries and regions from the African continent were presented.

Programme and presentations

Presentation Presentation
Paper Paper
Biography Biography

Monday 1 November 2010
  • Welcome - Mark Napier (Urban LandMark)
Presentation Biography
Plenary session
Keynote addresses  
  • Urban land markets in central and west Africa
    Alain Durrand-Lasserve, National Centre for Scientific Research, France
Presentation Biography
  • Shared experiences from Eastern African cities
    Paul M. Syagga, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Presentation Paper Biography
Session 1: Recognising land rights - identifying alternative ways of recognising land rights
  • Land tenure and its implications in the improvement of Latin American unauthorised settlements and part 2: Similarities and differences between selected Johannesburg informal settlements and selected Latin American informal settlements
    Jean Martin Caldieron, Florida Atlantic University
Presentation Presentation Paper Biography
  • Innovative approaches towards housing the urban poor in Botswana
    A.C. Mosha, University of Botswana
Presentation Paper Biography
  • The integration of multiple layers of land ownership, property titles and rights of the Ashanti people in Ghana
    Thomas Shaw, University College, London
Presentation Paper Biography
Session 2: The political economy of urban land markets in Africa
  • How to track property markets in African cities
    Erwin Rode, Rode & Associates
Presentation Paper Biography
  • R500 000 and below: the size and structure of South Africa's affordable property market
    Kecia Rust, FinMark Trust
Presentation Biography
  • Rebuilding the institutions of land markets in post-conflict African countries
    Francois Viruly, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Presentation Biography
Session 3: Urban land governance
  • Localised land management practices in Joburg's Ethiopian quarter, otherwise known as Jeppe
    Tanya Zack, independent development planner & Melinda Silverman, independent urban policy specialist
Presentation Biography
  • Urban land market in Ghana: a study of the Wa Municipality
    Nicholas Addai Boamah, University for Development Studies, Ghana
Presentation Paper Biography
  • Dynamics of housing land allocation in Bulawayo: implications for low-cost housing
    Simbarashe Chereni, University of Zimbabwe
Presentation Paper Biography
Tuesday 2 November 2010
Plenary session
  • Fighting for land security in Southern Africa
    Mark Napier, Urban LandMark
Presentation Paper Biography
Session 1: Recognising land rights - identifying alternative ways of recognising land rights
  • Luanda urban land markets survey
    Allan Cain, Development Workshop, Angola
Presentation Biography
  • Urban land markets in peri-urban areas in Maputo, Mozambique
    Jose Raimundo, Universidade Pedagogica, Mozambique
Presentation Biography
  • Squatter settlement of the Kathmandu Valley: looking through the prism of land rights and tenure security
    Bijaya K. Shrestha, S3 Alliance: Development Forum for Habitat
Presentation Paper Biography
Session 2: The political economy of urban land markets in Africa
  • Customary land reform to facilitate private investment in Zambia: achievements, potentials and limitations
    Austine Ng'ombe, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Presentation Paper Biography
  • Selling slums: exploring the intrinsic value of property in low-cost housing settlements in Johannesburg
    Ashley Gunter, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Presentation Biography
Session 3: Urban land governance
  • Towards facilitative and pro-poor land use management in South African urban areas: learning from international experience
    Tristan Gorgens, Isandla Institute
Presentation Paper Biography
  • Shack settlements as entry to the labour market: toward testing upgrading paradigms
    Catherine Cross, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Presentation Paper Biography
  • Towards a sustainable upgrading of unplanned urban settlements in Zambia
    Mumbaala Alex Simposya, Copperbelt University, Zambia
Presentation Paper Biography
Closure
  • Summation and concluding remarks
    Mark Napier, Urban LandMark, South Africa
Presentation Biography

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