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Title: Understanding formality and informality in land and housing exchanges in African cities
Authors: Napier, M
Keywords: Informal land
Informal houses
Developing countries
Issue Date: Feb-2006
Citation: Napier, M. 2006. Understanding formality and informality in land and housing exchanges in African cities. IPaDS, DEIF CoF Workshop, CSIR, Pretoria, 15 February 2006, pp 22.
Abstract: More than 60% of Africa’s urban population lives in slums and most African countries' population subsist on under US$2.0 per day, and the average probability at birth of not surviving to age 40 is about 38%. 25 to 30% of housing in SA cities is informal; the majority of land and housing transactions are unrecorded. A worldwide Millennium development goal is to significantly improve the lives of 100 million slum dwellers by 2020. It is estimated that approximately 85% of urban land parcels in developing countries and between 40% and 53% of their rural land parcels are held in such a way that they cannot be used to create capital. Suggested solutions to these problems is to extend secure tenure; formalize land markets; extend bank and formal micro-finance (indebtedness of the poor); privatization; complex, strategic decision making tools and have research based on formal information.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/2799
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