This study analysed the characteristics of informal land delivery systems in six medium-sized cities in Anglophone Africa: Eldoret (Kenya), Enugu (Nigeria), Gaborone (Botswana), Kampala (Uganda), Lusaka (Zambia) and Maseru (Lesotho). In this summary paper, the empirical and theoretical starting points for the research are first outlined, followed by the analytical and methodological approach adopted. Each of the main channels of land delivery is then discussed in turn, and their strengths and weaknesses identified, with reference to a common set of criteria. The paper draws on selected empirical examples from the case study cities to illustrate ways in which the social institutions governing relations between actors in informal land delivery systems have evolved, as a result of conflict or accommodation. Finally, the main conclusions and policy implications are identified.