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Planning law reform in African countries is widely acknowledged to be a prerequisite for better urban (and rural) development, both by donor organizations and by African governments. This article highlights the importance of understanding the political, economic and personal dynamics that...
This case study of a donor-supported process to revise planning laws in Zambia evaluates the legislative status quo, marked by the colonial-era Town and Country Planning Act and the independence-era Housing (Statutory and Improvement Areas) Act. The former statute was seen to be outdated,...
The reform of spatial planning and land use legislation in South Africa has been difficult to achieve. The laws designed to implement the urban plans of apartheid remain stubbornly in place. This case study shows that despite there having been three windows of opportunity during which...
In South Africa, evictions which lead to homelessness are unlawful. Municipalities are required to plan proactively to prevent homelessness, yet they persist in failing to do so. This need not be so. The courts have not only clearly delineated the circumstances in which municipality will be...
This article discusses the need for a fundamental rethinking of urban planning in Liberia with special reference to Monrovia, the capital. Liberia is a post-conflict country and is facing a multitude of problems. One is the very rapid urbanisation of the country. Well over 50% of the population...
This paper describes the historical process of urban-legal reform in Brazil since the late 1970s, especially since the promulgation of the 1988 Federal Constitution and the enactment of the 2001 City Statute. It discusses how the new legal order has consolidated the notion of the "right to the...
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