Geoffrey Payne outlines five fundamental propositions that are key to his understanding of tenure issues and policy options.
1) That access to affordable land with adequate security of tenure and associated rights is a pre-condition for realising the goal of adequate housing and poverty reduction;
2) the failure in rapidly expanding urban areas to provide planned land on terms and in locations needed by different population groups has forced many millions of people into insecure land and housing, often without basic services;
3) that mainstream policies, such as land titling, are less effective in addressing these issues in urban than in rural areas;
4) a wide range of incremental, short, medium and longer terms options have succeeded in improving tenure security and living conditions, and;
5) such pragmatic approaches enable governments and development agencies to evolve more formal tenure regimes applicable to widely different legal, cultural and institutional contexts.
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UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future.
The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools.
Secure land tenure and property rights are fundamental to shelter and livelihoods as well as the realisation of human rights, poverty reduction,economic prosperity and sustainable development.