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Land Issues for Urban Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Land Issues for Urban Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Book URL: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030525033
Authors: Home, R. K. (Ed.)

Series: Local and Urban Governance

  • Focuses on the new challenges of urban land governance in Sub-Saharan Africa following the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Habitat New Urban Agenda (passed at Habitat III in Quito in 2016)
  • Cross-disciplinary treatment of a rapidly evolving topic
  • Provides new knowledge from both academic and professional perspectives on land governance

Sub-Saharan Africa faces many development challenges, such as its size and diversity, rapid urban population growth, history of colonial exploitation, fragile states and conflicts over land and natural resources. This collection, contributed from different academic disciplines and professions, seeks to support the UN Habitat New Urban Agenda passed at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016. It will attract readers from urban specialisms in law, geography and other social sciences, and from professionals and policy-makers concerned with land use planning, surveying and governance. Among the topics addressed by the book are challenges to governance institutions: how international development is delivered, building land management capacity, funding for urban infrastructure, land-based finance, ineffective planning regulation, and the role of alternatives to courts in resolving boundary and other land disputes. Issues of rights and land titling are explored from perspectives of human rights law (the right to development, and women’s rights of access to land), and land tenure regularization. Particular challenges of housing, planning and informality are addressed through contributions on international real estate investment, community participation in urban settlement upgrading, housing delivery as a partly failing project to remedy apartheid’s legacy, and complex interactions between political power, money and land.