Presented by the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, the Housing Policy Development and Management Certificate Programme aims to build capacity in South Africa's housing sector by enhancing the understanding and implementation of the country's policy of developing 'sustainable human settlements'. Since 2010, Urban LandMark has hosted two days of this five-day certificate programme, focusing on urban land markets. This year's programme ran from July to October.
The programme focuses on providing participants with:
- The background to the formulation of the current housing policy and how the policy has evolved over time.
- An understanding of the legal mandates of the various tiers of government and the intention to coordinate intergovernmental relations around housing delivery.
- A description of the various housing programmes and the subsidies attached to them.
- An understanding of the nature of housing demand and how to plan for integrated delivery in the context of creating 'sustainable human settlements'.
- An understanding of the mandates of the housing-related institutions with respect to their roles and responsibilities.
- An understanding of the process of administering housing delivery, including how to carry out procurement, project management and housing allocation in a way that ensures efficiency, equity, transparency and accountability.
Topics of discussion in the two-day programme hosted by Urban Landmark included making urban land markets work for poorer people in southern Africa; how the poor access, hold and trade land; the performance of government-subsidised housing in South Africa; formal residential markets in urban areas; the impact of shopping centre developments in South Africa's 'emerging economy' areas; and informal land registration in urban areas.