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March 2013

Issue homepage Message from the Programme Director Urban LandMark and DFID London debate improved access to urban land and property rights Urban LandMark participates in China-Africa workshop on pro-poor urban development Urban LandMark participates in conference on urbanisation and rural-urban migration in sub-Saharan Africa Our research in practice: Isandla Institute workshops Urban LandMark's Guide on Managing Urban Land with four local municipalities Don't miss Urban LandMark's 2013 Conference: Moving from Knowledge to Change: Agreeing the Next Steps for Better Access to Urban Land Urban LandMark and the Association of African Planning Schools host a workshop to discuss knowledge production and research collaboration in the global South Update on our Tenure Security Facility Southern Africa project Handbook for First-Time Home Owners - in all 11 languages! Developing a booklet on the Land Governance Assessment Framework South Africa (LGAF)

Don't miss Urban LandMark's 2013 Conference: Moving from Knowledge to Change: Agreeing the Next Steps for Better Access to Urban Land
Urban LandMark's annual conference will take place on 13 - 14 March 2013 in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Discussions will be aimed at addressing a number of issues around access to urban land, such as:
  • Are improved property rights sufficient to significantly change people's access to urban land, housing, services and economic opportunities?

  • A growing body of empirically based knowledge indicates that there is a link between property rights, market access and improved urban livelihoods. If this is so, we need to ask:
    • How best do we translate this knowledge into changes in practice?
    • Is the evidence base making any difference to how urban areas are governed, to whether tenure security is improving and to whether people have greater access to information and to more habitable land and shelter?
    • Are the economics of access to land any fairer as a result of the work done by researchers and policy analysts?

  • If not enough change is happening, how can the impact of the many donor agencies and governments working in the field be improved?
    • Is there real evidence to show which programmes work and why?

The conference will bring together a set of agencies working on these issues. Through presentations and discussions we hope to reach clearer insights and solutions.

Urban LandMark's Annual Report for 2011-2013 will also be launched during the conference.

A provisional conference programme is available on our website.

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