The Land Management and Informal Settlement Regularization course will enable you to understand the underlying causes of informal occupation of land and slum formation, to acquire knowledge and skills to develop upgrading strategies to improve slums, and to formulate policies that create options to prevent new slum formation.
Building knowledge and skills to face slums. What are the underlying causes of informal occupation of land and slum formation? Learn to develop upgrading strategies and to formulate policies that create options to prevent new slum formation.
Existing informal settlements need to be regularised and upgraded but their growth urgently needs to be decompressed, therefore an adequate land management scheme is called for. This should create tools and strategies that enhance and scale up the supply of adequate serviced land that is accessible for all, particularly to the poor. Land management is the basis for creating a viable alternative to households that have little choice but to resort to slums. Because housing cannot be dissociated from land a sound housing policy needs to begin with a sound preventive land policy.
The course is intensive in nature and innovative, demanding a proactive attitude from participants. The course draws from lessons learned through international experience and stimulates creative thinking as participants are exposed to contexts from a wide variety of countries.
This course is designed specifically for those involved with land and housing policies, and those facing the challenges of providing shelter for the poor in cities in developing countries and countries in transition. This course responds to the UN Millennium Development Goal 7 Target 11, which advocates improved living conditions for 100 million slum dwellers up to the year 2020.
The Land Management and Informal Settlement regularisation course is a joint program of IHS and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (Cambridge, MA, USA).
A Participant's view on the Land Management and Informal Settlement Regularisation course
“The course gave us a broader understanding of how the land market operates, the causes of informality, how other countries respond to it, and the various efforts exerted by different stakeholders to understand its existence in society. The course programme guided us from the start to the formulation our own action plans. We strongly recommend that this course continue so others may benefit.”
Part of the valedictory speech by Tabitha Siwale of Tanzania
Former Minister of Urban Development
Member of Parliament
Chief executive officer of WAT – Human Settlement Trust
The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an international centre of excellence of the School of Economics (ESE) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. IHS operates on a global scale by offering postgraduate education, training, advisory services and applied research.
IHS was selected as the winner for the 2007 UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award for leading the way as a global center of excellence and knowledge through its high quality training programmes in housing, urban management and urban environmental management and planning.
In 2008 IHS celebrated its 50th anniversary of assisting countries, cities and institutions to find suitable approaches to housing and sustainable urban development, and strengthen their capacity to implement them.
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