The aim of this study was to improve understanding of contemporary informal land delivery processes in six African cities and their relationships with formal land administrative systems. The cities used were: Eldoret, Kenya; Enugu, Nigeria; Gaborone, Botswana; Kampala, Uganda; Lusaka, Zambia; and Maseru, Lesotho. In each city, a city-level analysis was complemented by detailed studies in three informal settlements – a peripheral developing area, a partly consolidated area in which active subdivision and development was still under way, and a consolidated inner city area with a relatively high density, where pressures on land might be expected to produce a higher level of problems and disputes. A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods was used, drawing on both secondary sources and primary data collection. In each of the case study settlements, a sample survey of plotholders was carried out using a structured questionnaire. The survey was complemented by key informant interviews and a series of focus group discussions. Finally, each team enlisted the services of a lawyer to provide background on the legal system, land law and court cases.
Rakodi, C. Informal Land Delivery Processes in African Cities. R8076 Project Report. (2006) 15 pp.