Urban Land Development

Access to land is a pre-condition to equitable and efficient urban development. Achieving this for low-income households under conditions of market-led development strategies presents particular challenges and opportunities. The central theme of GPA work in this area is to build local capacity for implementing public-private partnerships in land for housing in ways which benefit land-owners, local authorities and the poor themselves. The practice has extensive research and consultancy experience in countries as diverse as Bolivia, Cambodia, Cuba, Egypt, India, Iraq, Lesotho, Pakistan and South Africa. It has also reviewed European Community funded urban projects (with Marie Therese-Manchotte) and contributed sections on urban land development to the current European Urban Strategy Paper and the recently published UK Target Strategy Paper 'Meeting the challenge of poverty in urban areas'. Papers on land development have been presented at numerous international conferences and published in academic journals. A number of books have also been published over the last few years;

‘The Urban Housing Manual: Making regulatory frameworks work for the poor’ (G.Payne and M.Majale) Earthscan 2004.
‘Land, Rights and Innovation: Improving tenure security for the urban poor’ (G.Payne Ed.) Intermediate Technology Publications, 2002.
'Making Common Ground: Public-private partnerships in land' Intermediate Technology Publications, 1999

(Available via our Publications page).