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  Coordinating civil society around informal settlement upgrading
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  Building credible knowledge on urban land markets
  Importance of title literacy
  Update: What our partners are doing
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Feedback on Urban LandMark Conference: Rethinking emerging land markets in rapidly growing southern African cities
In November 2010, Urban LandMark hosted a regional conference in Johannesburg to debate issues around the operation of land markets in the context of urban poverty and rapid urbanisation. Lucille Gavera of Urban LandMark reports back on some of the discussions and conference outcomes.
 
Coordinating civil society around informal settlement upgrading
During September, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of SA (SERI), Urban LandMark and the LANDfirst network organised a workshop to coordinate efforts to advance informal settlement upgrading in South Africa.
 
New data centre to provide information on low-income and affordable land and housing market in South Africa
The Affordable Land and Housing Data Centre (al+hdc), a joint venture between FinMark Trust and Urban LandMark, with support from Lightstone Property Services and Eighty 20, is an initiative focused on the lower segment of South Africa's property market.
 
Building credible knowledge on urban land markets to share more widely throughout Africa
Urban LandMark has been working with regional partners over the last two years to improve our understanding of urban land markets in Africa. A key output of this work was the Handbook for Practitioners, entitled 'Urban Land Markets: Economic concepts and tools for engaging in Africa' which was developed by Urban LandMark with UN Habitat and the Global Land Tools Network.
 
Importance of title literacy
A joint initiative by Urban LandMark and the Department of Human Settlements is tackling one of the main obstacles preventing access to urban land and markets by the poor: the lack of title literacy in poor communities.
 
Update: What our partners are doing
Find out more about what our partners have been up to such as the Development Action Group National Conference, DAG Land Value Capture and Land Management mini-courses and the 4th Planning Africa Conference.

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