Geoff is now back in Addis Ababa working as the lead land adviser on the ICF International project for the World Bank. He has been undertaking a review of the extensive literature on urban land policy and practice as a basis for identifying options for consideration by central and local government.
Geoff returned to Ulaanbaatar in October and November 2017 as the international land expert on the DAI project being undertaken for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The project seeks to understand how urban planning, urban expansion and urban land policy can support the water investment by MCC.
Geoff was commissioned by the World Bank to review the plans and land policy instruments being applied for the development of the new state capital after the bifurcation of the state in 2014. Land for the new capital is being acquired by three policy instruments, namely land pooling, negotiated settlements and formal land acquisition. The land pooling scheme is possibly the largest in the world and is the subject of local debate. Geoff’s role is to assess the way the policies are being implemented to ensure that no groups are disadvantaged.
Geoff was invited again to contribute a series of lectures, seminars and project exercises at Westminster University (UK), the Institute of Housing Studies, Holland and the Technical University of Munich in Germany between January and March, 2012. These sessions involved postgraduate students from a wide range of countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as Europe. Subjects included land tenure and property rights, regulatory frameworks for improving access to land and housing for the urban poor and project planning and design to provide self-financing urban development which benefits all income groups.
Geoff was commissioned by the UK organisation Practical Action to contribute to a review, with Alain Durand-Lasserve, of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded Land Tenure Regularisation Project in Rwanda. The projected involves the identification, demarcation, regeneration and titling of an estimated 10.9 million land parcels nationally within a period of three years. Following a visit by Alain to Kigali to hold meetings and undertake surveys with a range of officials, residents, and civil society organisations, Geoff contributed to the report which was amended following feedback from the National Land Centre in Kigali and DFID.
Geoff was invited to attend a conference at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) organised by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). The meeting was entitled ‘Private Sector Consultation on voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of tenure of land and other natural resources’ and about 100 delegates. The conference consisted of presentations by FAO staff and working sessions to formulate guidelines. The meeting was the first of a number of such meetings to be held in most regions of the world. Further details of the FAO initiative can be found here.
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.
Every day millions of people around the world spend their hard-earned income improving houses they do not officially own or legally occupy. The vast majority are poor householders in urban areas of the South, where, in some cities, more than half the population lives in various types of unauthorized housing. As land in urban areas becomes more expensive and globalization accelerates the commercialization of urban land markets, people are forced to occupy unused government land, or purchase agricultural land and build a house without permission ? activities that urban authorities are often seeking to prevent.
Land, Rights and Innovation examines the complex issues surrounding land tenure, and the challenges they present for urban planners in the South and in the transition economies of Eastern Europe. Based on extensive research, the book brings together a diverse range of examples from 17 countries where the authorities have evolved practical, innovative approaches to providing tenure for the urban poor. These widen the choices available for residents, encourage local investment to reduce poverty and facilitate the development of more equitable and efficient urban land markets.
The inclusion of a chapter examining the legal issues of security of tenure, as well as an introduction and a conclusion summarizing the way forward, makes this book of value to all those responsible for formulating and implementing urban land tenure policies in the rapidly changing and expanding cities in the South and transition economies.
The Earth Report V ‘Land Rites’ Video which was transmitted on BBC World Television during the United Nations Istanbul +5 Conference in New York in June 2001 is scheduled to be re-transmitted in November 2002. Further details will be announced when available. Copies of the video are still available in English, French or Spanish. Contact TVE international for details by mailing TVE distribution. The video was produced as part of the ‘Innovative approaches to tenure security for the urban poor’ project funded by DFID. For more information on this project click here.