Urban LandMark is developing a manual for local government in South Africa that assists municipal officials involved in urban land governance to carry out their functions in a way that ensures pro-poor outcomes in the urban land market.
Urban LandMark's work so far in this area has shown that the ways in which municipal officials carry out many of their daily functions can have a profound impact on the capacity of poor people to access, hold, use and trade urban land.
The objective of the manual is therefore to provide basic, easily accessible material that is based on our urban land governance work over the past five years in order to provide clear and practical ways of working differently. Urban LandMark has carried out a number of important projects dealing with urban land governance, primarily in the local sphere, and our intention is to package what has been learned from that experience into a manual.
The manual will be available in print and electronic format towards the end of May 2011.