The urban land question in Africa: The case of urban land conflicts in the City of Lusaka, 100 years after its founding

Pressure on urban land is growing in many cities across Africa and the developing world. This is creating various challenges around urban land administration, planning and development. Growing pressure on urban land is manifesting in various ways including the mounting urban land conflicts. In this paper we look at the urban land question in Lusaka, focusing on urban land conflicts. What we have found in this study is that the reportedly growing invasion of vacant or idle land in Lusaka is a more complex issue which involves not only the desperate urban poor looking for land to squat on, but also well-resourced groups, who sometimes hire poor people to invade the land on which they later develop residential and commercial properties. We argue in the paper that the prevalence of these conflicts points to the gap in the administration, planning and delivery of land and the accompanying services.

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Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher Habitat International (Elsevier)
Year 2015
Author(s) Horman Chitonge, Orleans Mfune
Other Numbers Volume 48, August 2015, Pages 209–218
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