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 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.
Case study research on socio-economic impacts on land titling programmes
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (MFA) / Global Land Tools Network (UN-Habitat) / SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)
June 2007- February 2008
Assessment of the socio-economic impacts of land titling programmes in South Africa and Senegal. Reports, articles and presentations at international conferences, plus postings on relevant websites.
GPA has been awarded funds to undertake the Stage 2 of the international assessment of the social and economic impacts of land titling programmes in urban and peri-urban areas of developing countries.
This second stage consists of detailed case study research in South Africa and Senegal. GPA (Geoff Payne and Alain Durand-Lasserve) are coordinating the project and Prof. Carole Rakodi will be contributing during the editing process.
The research in South Africa is carried out by a local research team: Colin Marx (team leader) and Margot Rubin (researcher). A reference group of leading researchers on land issues is advising the local project team.
The research in Senegal is being conducted by a local research team: Selle Ndiaye (team leader), Badara Ciss, Landing Sane, and Arona Toure.
This stage is intended to produce a comprehensive, balanced and detailed assessment of the achievements and limitations of titling programmes. This will provide a basis for enabling international donors and national governments to formulate progressive and practical policies for urban land tenure which promote efficient land markets which protect the needs of the poor and other vulnerable groups.
An international workshop to present a desk review and discuss social and economic impacts of land titling programmes in urban and peri-urban areas of developing countries was held at Charney Manor, Oxfordshire, UK from 12-15 December 06.
The meeting was attended by a group of twenty people from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, India, Norway, Peru and the UK. Participants also represented a wide range of organisations, including governments, academic institutions, consultancy practices and international organisations, such as UN-Habitat and the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. Many different disciplines were also represented, including architecture, economics, geography, law, town planning, sociology and surveying. The programme included presentations on current developments in land titling and tenure policy within key organisations and personal experiences of titling programmes in different countries. Working groups were also held to assess feedback on the draft review and identify key issues deserving further analysis, the methodological options for fieldwork and possible countries for undertaking empirical case studies.
Charney Manor provided an ideal venue for reflection and debate. The workshop ended with ideas for revising the review and a proposal for undertaking fieldwork during 2007. It is hoped that project outputs will make a constructive contribution to international discussions on land titling and its role in reducing urban poverty, limiting the future growth of slums and promoting healthy, dynamic and socially inclusive urban development. Updates will be posted over the coming months. Meanwhile we welcome any materials on examples of land titling programmes in developing or transition countries and look forward to hearing from those interested in the subject.
This project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is coordinated by GPA. For further details click here.
Desk review of social and economic impacts of land titling in urban and peri-urban areas
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (MFA)
August – December 2006
A desk review to be prepared and presented at a workshop to be held at Charney Manor, Oxfordshire, UK between 12-15 December 2006.
GPA has been awarded funds with three colleagues (Alain Durand-Lasserve, Carole Rakodi and Edesion Fernandes) to undertake a desk review of land titling programmes.
The desk review represents Stage 1 of a major international assessment of the social and economic impacts of land titling programmes in urban and peri-urban areas of developing countries. It is hoped that if the review is well received by the project’s Advisory Group, MFA and other potential funding agencies, that funds will be received to undertake detailed case study research in selected countries during 2007-08. Local researchers would then be commissioned to undertake the local studies within a conceptual and methodological framework to be agreed at a workshop to be held at Charney Manor, Oxfordshire, UK between 12-15 December 2006.
GPA is co-ordinating the project during Stage 1. If Stage 2 is approved, it is intended to work with Norwegian researchers and local teams to produce a comprehensive, balanced and detailed assessment of the achievements and limitations of titling programmes as a basis for enabling international donors and national governments to formulate progressive and practical policies for urban land tenure which promote efficient land markets which protect the needs of the poor and other vulnerable groups.
We would welcome suggestions on possible examples, documents, references and contacts as soon as possible to ensure that the review is successful. Please get in touch via our contact page.