No Man’s Land: Managing urban growth in sub-Saharan Africa

Innovative land administration tools for managing urban growth in sub-Saharan Africa: Cases from Namibia, Zambia and Botswana

Sub-Saharan Africa is urbanizing rapidly, but most countries lack appropriate tools to manage their urban growth. This creates both risks and opportunities for prospective land holders, resulting in a tangle of insecure land rights and claims under multiple tenure systems. Recently, innovative land registration tools have been proposed and implemented to formalize land tenure. It is envisaged that tenure security for land holders will increase and in turn contribute to poverty reduction.

In layman’s terms: in, some countries it can be hard knowing who the land belongs to, and so people tend to just build wherever they want to. Which leads to all kinds of problems.

This lecture is organized by our partners Students4Sustainability.

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