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Holding Their Ground Secure Land Tenure for the Urban Poor in Developing Countries by Alain Durand-Lasserve

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


Holding Their Ground Secure Land Tenure for the Urban Poor in Developing Countries by Alain Durand-Lasserve

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.


Land tenure is important for rural development in developing countries. In light of rapid urbanization trends in these countries, the issue of land tenure security in urban areas is equally important. In this edited volume, experts in urban land management and policy in developing countries address this topic in the context of three specific case studies: India, Brazil, and South Africa. Chapters discussing land tenure issues in these countries are organized in three separate parts. Contributors
writing style is clear and concise, and the text flows smoothly. Chapter 15 provides a comparison of how the three counties have dealt with the demands and needs of the majority of urban families living in informal settlements, while the final chapter provides an agenda for future research on this issue. This book is carefully organized such that the introductory chapter and the two concluding ones give a splendid summary of the work presented. Since little mathematical analysis or derivation is involved, this volume is accessible to a wide audience ranging from general readers and lower

-division undergraduates to faculty researchers and policy makers in the area of urban land management. -- M. Q. Dao, Eastern Illinois University, in CHOICE

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

1st March 2002


Alain Durand-Lasserve

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Earthscan Ltd an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


280 pages


Property & real estate
Development studies



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