This research was undertaken as part of a postdoctoral fellowship at the African Centre for Cities and the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town. I would like to extend special thanks to my mentor Sophie Oldfield, and to Edgar Pieterse, director of the Centre. I am very grateful to Celso Soares Give for his interpretation of interviews in xiChangana/xiRonga and general research assistance. I would also like to thank the staff of the Centro de Estudos Africanos at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, and especially Professor Maria Isabel Casimiro, for their support and assistance.
Stepping out of the Twilight? Assessing the Governance Implications of Land Titling and Regularization Programmes
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2013
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International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 628–645, March 2014
How to Cite
Earle, L. (2014), Stepping out of the Twilight? Assessing the Governance Implications of Land Titling and Regularization Programmes. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38: 628–645. doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12112
- Issue published online: 27 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 16 DEC 2013
- African Centre for Cities and the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town
- Land titling;
- Informal settlements;
- State-society relations;
This article engages with the discussions on the benefits and drawbacks of land titling programmes that seek to regularize informal urban settlements in developing countries. It is based on fieldwork in two neighbourhoods of Maputo, Mozambique, that are currently part of a municipal government regularization programme supported by the World Bank. The fieldwork explored an informal titling system administrated by the neighbourhood authorities upon which local residents rely to prevent land conflicts and to provide proof of residence. The findings add to the literature that demonstrates growing unease with a strictly dyadic formal/informal analysis of land occupation, and further queries the assumption that the state and the informal settler are diametrically opposed, with the former granting formal rights to the latter. In the process of these discussions, the article highlights the limited scholarly attention that has been granted to the governance implications of land titling programmes.