1st Edition

Holding Their Ground
Secure Land Tenure for the Urban Poor in Developing Countries

ISBN 9781853838910
Published February 28, 2002 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Security of land tenure for the urban poor is now a major problem for developing cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This book presents and analyzes the main conclusions of a comparative research programme on land tenure issues. It looks at how solutions can be found and implemented to respond to the demands and needs of the majority of squatters and informal settlements, and analyzes how urban stakeholders, with different social, legal and economic constraints, find innovative and flexible solutions. The book is intended to fill a gap in the literature on comparative research on tenure policies and should be useful to researchers and professionals involved in defining and instigating tenure upgrading policies and programmes.

Table of Contents

International Trends and Country Contexts - From Tenure Regularization to Tenure Security * Part 1 India - Security of Tenure in Indian Cities * Policies for Tenure Security in Delhi * Security of Tenure: Mumbai's Experience * Security of Tenure of Irregular Settlements in Visakhapatnam * Part 2: Brazil - Providing Security of Land Tenure for the Urban Poor: The Brazilian Experience * Security of Tenure in Sao Paulo * The Right to Housing and the Prevention of Forced Evictions in Brazil * Favela Bairro: A Brief Institutional Analysis of the Programme and its Land Aspects * Part 3: South Africa - Security of Urban Tenure in South Africa: Overview of Policy and Practice * Evaluating Tenure Intervention in Informal Settlements in South Africa * Why the Urban Poor Cannot Secure Tenure: South African Tenure Policy Under Pressure * Privatizing Displaced Urbanization in Greater Nelspruit * A Land Management Approach for Informal Settlements in South Africa * Part 4: Conclusions - Evaluating the Experience of Brazilian, South African and Indian Urban Tenure Programmes * The Experience of Tenure Security in Brazil, South Africa and India: What Prospects for the Future? * Index

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Alain Durand-Lasserve is a research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France, specializing in urban land management and policies in developing countries. Lauren Royston is a development planner, specializing in land and housing and integrated development planning. She is currently co-principle of Development Works, an urban development organization based in Johannesburg.