Land Titling Research Project Stage 2

Case study research on socio-economic impacts on land titling programmes

Funding bodies: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (MFA) / Global Land Tools Network (UN-Habitat) / SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)

Duration: June 2007- February 2008

Project Outputs: Assessment of the socio-economic impacts of land titling programmes in South Africa and Senegal. Reports, articles and presentations at international conferences, plus postings on relevant websites.


GPA has been awarded funds to undertake the Stage 2 of the international assessment of the social and economic impacts of land titling programmes in urban and peri-urban areas of developing countries.

This second stage consists of detailed case study research in South Africa and Senegal. GPA (Geoff Payne and Alain Durand-Lasserve) are coordinating the project and Prof. Carole Rakodi will be contributing during the editing process.

The research in South Africa is carried out by a local research team: Colin Marx (team leader) and Margot Rubin (researcher). A reference group of leading researchers on land issues is advising the local project team.

The research in Senegal is being conducted by a local research team: Selle Ndiaye (team leader), Badara Ciss, Landing Sane, and Arona Toure.

This stage is intended to produce a comprehensive, balanced and detailed assessment of the achievements and limitations of titling programmes. This will provide a basis for enabling international donors and national governments to formulate progressive and practical policies for urban land tenure which promote efficient land markets which protect the needs of the poor and other vulnerable groups.

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