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Egypt UN-Habitat Meeting, Mongolia Land and Shanghai Housing Studies


Three bits of news from GPA towers this week. Geoff has recently returned from the Far East after contributing to studies in Ulaanbaatar and Shanghai – updated resources and material to follow.

Egypt – UN-Habitat Expert Group Meeting, 22 May:

Geoff has been commissioned by UN-Habitat to contribute to an Expert Group Meeting in Cairo, entitled Egypt’s Housing Sector Expert Group Dialogue 1: Setting the Scene. Instead of being present in person, it has been agreed that Geoff will prepare a presentation via Skype on ‘Affordable housing and urban land policy: lessons learned from international experience’.

Ulaanbaatar Land Administration and Land Markets Study:

Geoff was part of the World Bank mission (07-16 May) to present the findings of the Technical Assistance project which started in 2013. A workshop was held with senior officials from the Ulaanbaatar municipality to present the findings of the study and discuss their implications for policy.

Changning housing study, Shanghai, China, May 2014:

Geoff was part of the World Bank mission led by Mesky Brhane, for the final workshop on the Changning Affordable Housing project. Geoff contributed a presentation to a range of senior officials and academics from local agencies and universities on the findings of the project, following which discussions provide feedback for the final report due in June.

China – Affordable Housing Technical Assistance

Funding bodies: The World Bank

Duration: January 2012 – June 2014

Objectives: Review of affordable housing in a central district of Shanghai

GPA was invited by the World Bank to contribute to a study mission to review housing conditions of residents in a central district of Shanghai, including the extent and nature of housing demand and resources for the broader rental market in order that District authorities responsible for meeting official targets can do so in ways which balance needs and resources in the short and medium terms.

The research will propose innovative approaches in land use, financing models, supervision models, distribution mechanism and exit channels for developing affordable housing in downtown areas of metropolises, through in-depth investigation of current obstacles and problems, lessons learned from international and domestic successes and comparison of the strength and weakness of different models. It will offer recommendations on policies, institutional design, operation roadmap, implementation arrangement, issues to pay attention to in the development and operation of affordable housing in downtown areas of metropolises.

World Urban Forum, Nanjing

GPA has been invited by the Global Land Tool Network to make a presentation on the research project ‘Social and economic impacts of land titling programmes in urban and peri-urban areas: Review of the literature and case studies in Senegal and South Africa’. The presentation will be made jointly by Geoff Payne and Alain Durand-Lasserve in a Roundtable session on the afternoon of 04 November. To download his presentation go to the Publications Section –Conference papers.

Geoff is also making a presentation at a UN-Habitat training session on 07 November and at the N-AERUS session on 04 November.