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  October 2011
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  Urban LandMark works
with Development Workshop in Angola
  Urban LandMark explores the dynamics of local
land management arrangements in Maputo's peri-urban areas
  Looking at governance
of urban land markets in Zimbabwe
  The impact of efforts to reform Lesotho's land management and administration systems
  Our research on retail centres in emerging economy areas is now available online
  In the News

In this issue

Our work in the region

This newsletter focuses on our work in the region, particularly our recent experiences in Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Lesotho.

Urban LandMark's activities in Southern Africa aim to improve the understanding of the African experience with urban land markets by providing accessible material on the functioning and dynamics of such markets. These activities also include partnering with local experts to understand and contribute to improving poorer people's access to, holding and trading of urban land in these locations.

 
Urban LandMark works with Development Workshop in Angola
Development Workshop completed an urban land markets research project in Luanda, Angola, in March this year, funded by the World Bank. Urban LandMark provided technical assistance in the survey methodology design phase and in developing recommendations. The findings include the fact that informal land markets in Luanda serve the overwhelming majority of the city's population, not just the poor.
 
Urban LandMark explores the dynamics of local land management arrangements in Maputo's peri-urban areas
In 2010, Urban LandMark together with partners from Universidade Eduardo Modlane and Universidade Pedagogica undertook a survey to understand how ordinary urban dwellers access, hold and transact land in two peri-urban sites in Maputo. Our findings challenge conventional understandings of the formal and informal sector in African cities.
 
Looking at governance of urban land markets in Zimbabwe
Urban LandMark together with researchers at the Centre for Applied Social Sciences Trust at the University of Zimbabwe in 2011 undertook a scoping study on the governance of urban land markets in Zimbabwe, using Harare as a case study. The study's objectives were to contribute to the region's body of knowledge on the dynamics of urban land markets, and look at the challenges facing Zimbabwe's urban land markets to find ways to assist them and the actors involved to function more effectively.
 
The impact of efforts to reform Lesotho's land management and administration systems
Together with Resetselemang Clement Leduka of the Institute of Southern African Studies at the National University of Lesotho, Urban LandMark in 2011 reviewed the efforts of the Lesotho government and its international development partners to reform the country's land management and administration systems, and the potential impact these reforms could have on access to land by the urban poor.
 
Our research on retail centres in emerging economy areas is now available online
Urban LandMark in 2011 developed a booklet to consolidate a range of research inputs and reflections around retail-led development in 'emerging economy' areas in South Africa. This resource is now available on our website, together with a set of seven case studies developed by some of the partners in the Training for Township Renewal Initiative, the South African Cities Network and national Treasury's Neighbourhood Development Programme.

In the news