246 Works

Corruption in the Post-1991 Urban Land Governance of Ethiopia: Tracing Major Drivers in the Law

Misganaw Gashaw Beza
The recent rapid urban population growth and spatial expansion in Ethiopia have brought unprecedented demand for land making urban land governance an essential national developmental agenda. The dramatic shifts in urban land tenure from Feudal System (pre-1974) to Socialist Land Policy (1974- 1991) and to the current Developmental State type (post-1991) have left the urban populations uncertain about their property rights. The historical context coupled with the complex legal and institutional structure and the absence...

Analyse des dynamiques de deux régimes fonciers distincts au Sénégal (la ville de Touba et Ziguinchor)

Djiby SOW
L’originalité de la structure urbaine de Touba réside tout d’abord sur sa gestion dirigée par le Khalif général et son statut particulier d’un titre foncier qui s’adosse sur une forte démographie incontrôlée conjuguée à un fort étalement mal maitrisé. La politique d'urbanisme de Touba semble se résumer à la création de parcelles d'habitation et au libre choix laissé au khalife pour les sites d'implantation d'équipements ou d'infrastructures, et la destination des réserves. En revanche, à...

CHALLENGING INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORKS IN LAND ADMINISTRATION: Many institutions, but less property rights (Case of Burundi)

Turimubumwe Prosper
Land administration as one of the mechanisms of availing property rights to owners cannot be achieved unless there are well-functioning and coordinated institutional frameworks. This paper explored the challenges emanating from the existing institutional frameworks dealing with land administration in providing property right in Burundi. A mixed research design has been applied to capture qualitative and quantitative data. A desk review of different government reports, academic papers and books have been consulted. A total of...

Land Disputes and Conflicting Land-Court Judgement Resolution in Ghana: Perspectives of Regulatory Stakeholders

Mark BOAFO-ANANG, Emmanuel Offei AKROFI & Forster Junior SHITSI
ABSTRACT Conflicting land-court judgements is becoming a growing concern to researchers and practitioners. This study focused on identifying the main forms and causes of land disputes as well as gaining understanding of the rationale behind conflicting land-court judgements. A purposive sample of lawyers, land court officials and officials from Lands Commission formed the focus for an in-depth data gathered via individual interviews and analysed using the thematic approach. Contesting claims over land titles and boundary...

Level of Use of GIS for Land Registration, Lagos State, Nigeria

Adedayo Olujobi Alagbe & Olatoye Ojo
The population in Lagos state, Nigeria is not only rapid but alarming. This study investigates the level of GIS in use for Land registration in the state. In Lagos State, the ministry responsible for land policy and land matters is the Lands Bureau. For this study, both primary and secondary data were used. Primary data was sourced from the principal officials of professional directorates at Lands Bureau who were involved in land registration process of...

The Need for Spatial Data Infrastructure for Sustainable Development in Tanzania

Zakaria Robert Ngereja
This paper explores the use of spatial data in Tanzania, it underscores the reasons for lagging in the establishment of National Spatial Data Infrastructure. Using documentary analysis, strategically designed interviews, and questionnaires; data were collected from the spatial data user community in Tanzania. Upon simple analysis of the data, the following were the findings: Firstly, it has been revealed that spatial data is not well managed, reused nor shared. Secondly, there are difficulties in the...

Le Géoportail d’urbanisme : un facteur de mobilisation foncière-Cas de l'Agence Urbaine de Taroudannt-Tiznit-Tata

Ouchlif Ayoub, Kenza Ait ELKADI, Ahmed Merouhahel, Ibtissam EL Hammoumi & Abdelouafi Elghouat
La planification urbaine est le principal processus de développement des zones urbaines qui comprend différents domaines et aspects. Parmi ces aspects, nous avons l'acquisition et le traitement des données géospatiales. Dans ce travail, nous contribuons au développement de l'urbanisme par un établissement géoportail des documents d'urbanisme. C’est un prototype informatique permettant tout d’abord la visualisation des documents d’urbanisme et d’effectuer différentes requêtes notamment la mesure de distance, de surface et la localisation), facilité les différentes...


Emmanuel F. Nzunda
Context and background Land use plans have been considered as a solution to land use problems and hence enhance ecological, economic and social sustainability of land use. Appropriateness of land use plans and hence its potential for adherence may rely on sufficiency of zones allocated for different land uses. Goal and Objectives: This study was designed to empirically identify land use implementation problems and suggest solutions relevant to the land users, the government, planners and...

Are we Planning Gender Inclusive Land Policies? Documentary Analysis and Expert Opinions

Nelson Nyabanyi N-Yanbini
This paper sets forth five principles in operationalizing and mainstreaming gender inclusiveness in land and legal documents in Ghana. In addition to the documentary reviews, 30 experts in land policy analysis, gender and legal affairs were interviewed concerning their perspectives on gender inclusivity in land policies in Ghana. The study used the general land and legal documents as the guiding framework in operationalizing gender inclusivity. The documents were evaluated to determine how well they incorporate...


Olubunmi Olanike Alawode, Yetunde Olasimbo Mary & Mololuwa Mayowa Awotunde
Women make essential contributions to agriculture by playing a large role in food crop production. They require land as source of rural livelihood and monetary strengthening through land right security. Women’s ownership of land and property can be potentially transformative, not only as a store of value, but also as a means of acquiring other assets and engaging in a range of markets. However, women have lower access to productive resources (land and capital) compared...

Women,Land tenure Security and Livelihoods in Amuru District

Stella Apecu Laloyo & Mulyampiti Tabitha
ABSTRACT Amuru district in northern Uganda has had intense land rights violations over the past fourteen years. There have been large scale land investments for commercial agriculture and other activities with limited community engagement, In many families men have sold off family land to ‘investors’ without consultation of their wives. The wave of commercialization and individualization of land has negatively affected women’s tenure security and livelihoods. Goals and Objectives This paper analyses the nexus between...

Harnessing Technology to Advance Citizen-Centric Land Administration in Rwanda

Ailey Kaiser Hughes
Rwanda is recognized as a global land governance leader due to the success of its Land Tenure Regularisation Program (LTRP), which resulted in the registration of over 11 million parcels and the issuance of 7 million certificates of title, and the establishment of the Land Administration Information System (LAIS). These notable achievements have contributed to land market viability, reductions in land disputes, and increased land-based revenue. However, some land administration challenges persist, including high costs...

Urban Planning, Institutional Pluralism, and Indigenous Belief Systems in Peri-Urban Ghana in the Era of Land Commoditisation

Augustine Fosu
Context and background Colonial legacy and the continuous implementation of neoliberal policies have led to the creation of institutional pluralism in the planning of customary land in peri-urban areas in Ghana. During land commoditisation, peri-urban customary land planning regularly involves physical planning authorities, traditional authorities, and private surveyors. The community members are rarely involved in the planning of their communities, and the planning often leads to the eviction of the community members from their ancestral...

URBAN LAND TENURE IN MOROCCO Legal and institutional dysfunctions and mitigation measures

Ahmed Maliki & Abdelwahed El Idrissi
Abstract Land is a decisive factor in the organization of urban land. Its management is not subject to global agreement. It cannot be the expression of a socio-economic optimum shared by all actors, given their diverse and divergent interests. Goal and objectives: The legal and institutional dysfunctions linked to the land question in Morocco are multiple. At the legal level, the rule of law is generally a colonial legacy of a palliative nature. It does...

Design of innovation policy in the context of climate change: Moroccan innovation policy

Imane El Bakali & Rachid Harbouz
ABSTRACT Context and background: Internationally, innovation policy is recognized as one of the main policies used to tackle sustainability challenges such as climate change, especially in the mission-oriented innovation policy era. In the Moroccan context, the current national strategy for innovation is “Morocco Innovation” adopted in 2009. Besides the former policy, the treatment of problems such as climate change has evolved through sectoral policies. Goal and Objectives: Our analysis aims to evaluate the actual design...

Appraisal of thirty-three Customary Land Secretariats in Ghana

Gad Asorwoe Akwensivie
The government of Ghana through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources of Ghana has been assisting customary land authorities to strengthen customary land administration through the establishment customary land secretariats. The rationale for the support for customary land administration was to develop more effective and accountable systems of land administration at local level based on a collaborative approach and building on existing customary institutions. The work provides the findings based on the study of...

Conflits fonciers autour d’anciens sites de villages déplacés de Béoumi accaparement de terre ou faiblesse de la politique foncière post-AVB ?

Kouadio Raphaël OURA
En Côte d’Ivoire post-coloniale, de nombreux projets de développement ont été mis en place dans le cadre de l’aménagement du territoire, dont l’Autorité pour l’Aménagement de la Vallée du Bandama (AVB). Il a contribué à l’augmentation de la production énergétique nationale et au développement de la pêche. Mais, ce projet de grande envergure a contraint les villages riverains à un déplacement forcé. Les populations ont reçu en retour la construction d’habitats modernes et des lopins...


Mawussi Kossi NYALEWO & Karl Martial NASSI
Context and background: Land production in Togo's cities in general and secondary cities in particular takes place in a dual institutional context: formal and informal. Land, being the foundation of any urban planning project, is by implication an excellent place for capital flows from all social strata. However, its management is subject to numerous hazards due, among other things, to the complexity of the standards, the lack of a single regulatory framework, the non-existence of...

Customary versus conventional land administration systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

Uchendu Eugene Chigbu, Ernest Uwayezu & Mutjinde Katjuia
Context and background: The essential emerging reality from the statutory-versus-customary tenure debate is that both customary and statutory tenure systems have faults and good merits. With the unaffordability (in terms of technical, time and money cost) issues surrounding the statutory tenure for tenure security; and the population pressure, there is a need to reconsider the direct integration of relevant aspects of the customary tenure systems into the statutory land administration system (LAS) as part of...


Elizabeth Wangui Wanyoike
Sr. Dr. Elizabeth W. Wanyoike, ESM Lizwangu20@gmail.com, Farragut, US ABSTRACT Context and background In the last few years, in some African countries such as Burundi, Rwanda, and Kenya the churches were burnt down; refugees in these churches were plainly and maliciously killed. The study on contemporary perception of sacred places, objects, and personnel was stirred and underscored by this action. Generally, anything that took shelter in sacred places would not be harmed. Vandalization of the...

Formalization of Mining Rights in the East African Community; Cadastre perspective on artisanal mining rights

George Odhiambo Konguka
Context and background Artisanal mining has long been integral part of livelihood structure and economic systems of certain rural communities. Artisanal mining operates informally in developing countries coupled with social, environmental, and economic challenges. Formalization of artisanal mining is being adopted in many countries in order to tackle the challenges of artisanal mining. Formalization entails enactment of legislations for recognition of artisanal mining, creation of mining rights cadastre and granting of mining titles. Formalization of...

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