Edited By: Alain Durand-Lasserve and Lauren Royston
264 pages, Figs
Presents and analyses the main conclusions of a comparative assessment programme on land tenure issues at a global level. It looks at how solutions can be found and implemented to respond to the demands and needs of the majority of urban households living in informal settlements, and analyses how urban stakeholders, under particular social, legal and economic constraints, are devising and employing innovative and flexible responses.
Land tenure is important for rural development in developing countries. In light of rapid urbanization trends in these countries, the issue of land tenure security in urban areas is equally important. In this edited volume, experts in urban land management and policy in developing countries address this topic in the context of three specific case studies: India, Brazil, and South Africa. Chapters discussing land tenure issues in these countries are organized in three separate parts. Contributors' writing style is clear and concise, and the text flows smoothly. Chapter 15 provides a comparison of how the three counties have dealt with the demands and needs of the majority of urban families living in informal settlements, while the final chapter provides an agenda for future research on this issue. This book is carefully organized such that the introductory chapter and the two concluding ones give a splendid summary of the work presented. Since little mathematical analysis or derivation is involved, this volume is accessible to a wide audience ranging from general readers and lower-division undergraduates to faculty researchers and policy makers in the area of urban land management. -- M. Q. Dao, Eastern Illinois University, in CHOICE
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