Planning within a Context of Informality: Issues and Trends in Land Delivery in Enugu, Nigeria


By exploring the nature and extent of informality in land markets and the ways in which land, and, to a lesser extent, services are delivered and managed in situations where the public sector is unable or unwilling to fulfil this function, this case study of Enugu in Nigeria aims to deepen understanding of how informal (customary) land delivery is organized and the roles of the various actors involved. In this introductory section, the paper begins with a broad overview of the literature on the various issues that underlie the enquiry. This is followed in Section 2 by a review of the origins and geographical context of Enugu, government arrangements, provisions for urban plan preparation and development regulation, and the supply of land through the ‘formal’ process. The main body of the paper, which comes next, begins with an analysis of the concepts, actors and roles involved in customary landholding in Enugu, followed by an attempt to classify the customary landholders. The underlying dynamics and motives involved in bringing customary land into the market are then explored, followed by an examination of the practices and potentials in the evolving articulation between formal and informal land management. The paper concludes by highlighting the key findings and lessons learnt.

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Publisher UN-HABITAT
Year 2009
Author(s) Ikejiofor U C
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