Geoff was invited by the RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) to write a summary of the Habitat III conference in Quito, in October 2016. The blog can be uploaded here.
The United Nations has just released Geoff’s lecture on land tenure and property rights as part of the UN-Habitat Global Urban Lecture series. You can see it on their website.
The lecture distills 30 years of international experience on land tenure issues to provide a short, non-technical review of concepts, issues, methods and policy examples.
Geoff hopes the lecture will be useful for students, practitioners and policy makers and would be happy to receive feedback.
GPA is proud to announce that the latest issue of Habitat International journal is dedicated exclusively to a series of papers on land tenure property rights commissioned by GPA as part of a research project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Geoffrey Payne is the guest editor of this special issue which has just been published as Volume Number 28, Issue 2, June 2004. The issue contains an introduction by Geoff, who also directed the research project, plus papers by research partners in ten countries from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean.
Each paper reviews a range of innovative approaches to increasing security of tenure and property rights for the urban poor. They also apply a typological matrix which can be used to identify and assess the full range of statutory, customary and extra-legal tenure categories in a city, their proportion of the whole supply system and the rights associated with them. The matrix also enables rights to be disaggregated by gender.
This one-year scoping study, building on previous research, aimed to provide evidence of the strengths and limitations of non-statutory tenure systems in providing secure tenure, and their potential contribution to the formulation and implementation of pro-poor urban land tenure policies. In 10 case study countries the existing ‘intermediate’ tenure systems (e.g. those that provide a degree of official approval but fall short of statutory titles) were located, and the levels of security and property rights associated with each of these forms of tenure were identified. Research was undertaken in Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, India, Kenya, Peru, the Philippines, Thailand and Turkey.
The individual country reports for this project will be published in a forthcoming special issue of Habitat International (date to be announced).