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2013 Urban LandMark Conference

Moving from Knowledge to Change: Agreeing the Next Steps for Better Access to Urban Land

13 - 14 March 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa

For many decades now, donor organisations and governments have invested considerable amounts in investigating and promoting better urban governance towards more just and equitable cities in the global south. Over the last ten years, focus has also shifted towards understanding how people engage in market systems. And we ask whether improved property rights are sufficient to significantly change people's access to urban land, housing, services, and economic opportunities.

There is a growing body of empirically-based knowledge which indicates that there is indeed a link between property rights, market access and improved urban livelihoods. If this is so, we need to ask:

  • How best do we translate this knowledge into changes in practice?
  • Is the evidence-base making any difference to how urban areas are governed, to whether tenure security is improving, and to whether people have greater access to information and to more habitable land and shelter?
  • Are the economics of access to land any fairer as a result of the work done by well-meaning researchers and policy analysts?

This leads to the next level of challenges. If not enough change is happening, how can the impact of the many donor agencies and governments working in the field be improved? Is there real evidence to show which programmes work and why?

This is what our Annual Conference investigated, under the theme "Moving from Knowledge to Change" held from 13 to 14 March 2013. The transcript of the conference is available here [2MB download]

Programme and presentations

Presentation Presentation
Paper Paper
Biography Biography

Wednesday 13 March 2013
Session 1: Moving from knowledge to change
Introducing the theme: From knowledge to change - stories of impact
Mark Napier, Urban LandMark
Presentation Biography
Keynote address 1: Mobilising land value to achieve better access to urban land
Carlos Morales-Schechinger, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Presentation Biography
Keynote address 2: Land, politics and the role of international development agencies
Geoffrey Payne, Geoffrey Payne & Associates, London
Presentation Biography
Session 2: Investor impacts in African countries
New encounters / sharing knowledge: the impact of China's Investments in cities in Africa
Allan Cain, Development Workshop Angola and Liu Haifang, Centre for African Studies - Peking University
Allan Cain, Development Workshop Angola
Maribel Gonzales, Development Workshop Angola
Caroline Wanjiku Kihato, Urban LandMark
Kecia Rust, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa

Presentation Biography Biography
Presentation Biography
Biography
Biography
Biography
Session 3: Achieving impact through land law reform
Impact of planning law reform in Africa: policy and practice change?
Stephen Berrisford, Urban LandMark
Presentation Biography
Guide to urban legal reform in sub-Saharan Africa: rationale and envisaged outcomes
Patrick McAuslan, Birkbeck College, University of London
Paper Biography
Where has the Land Governance Assessment Framework SA taken us?
Wendy Ovens & Felicity Kitchin, independent consultants
Presentation Biography Biography
Thursday 14 March 2013
Session 4: Lessons on urban land markets from the last seven years
Panel discussion on Urban LandMark: the Book
Mark Napier, Urban LandMark
Lauren Royston, Urban LandMark
Stephen Berrisford, Urban LandMark
Caroline Wanjiku Kihato, Urban LandMark

Presentation Biography
Presentation Biography
Presentation Biography
Biography
Session 5: Security of tenure and property rights
Session introduction by Chair
Lauren Royston, Urban LandMark
Presentation Biography
Operation of the Market study in Lilongwe, Malawi
Reathe Taljaard, Progressus Research & Development
Presentation Biography
People's experience of urban development on the ground
Patrick Chikoti, Centre for Community Organisation and Development (CCODE), Malawi
Presentation Biography
The Cities Alliance Mozambique Country Programme
Adele Hosken, Cities Alliance
Presentation Biography
Comparing results, and implications for slum upgrading
Lauren Royston, Urban LandMark
Presentation Biography
Session 6: Engaging for impact at municipal scale
Session introduction by Chair
Stephen Berrisford, Urban LandMark
Biography
Township economies and related non-residential property markets
Katie Gull, PDG
Presentation Biography
A deeper engagement on managing urban land
Tristan Görgens, Isandla Institute
Presentation Biography
Respondents: ...on having municipal level impact
Peter Ahmad, City of Johannesburg, Development Planning and Facilitation unit
Soobs Moonsammy, EThekwini Municipality, Development Planning, Environment and Management

Presentation Biography
Presentation

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