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Urbanisation and Infrastructure Development

Urbanisation and Infrastructure Development

LANDac Resources

PhD Dissertation – Making a Donor City: The Contested Trajectories of Urban Development in Beira City, Mozambique

By Murtah Shannon
Making a donor city explores the novel politics of development and struggles over urban space which emerge when a heterogeneous African city becomes targeted by massive investments in infrastructure and urban planning by various international donors. Set in Beira city, Mozambique, the country’s opposition stronghold, this study details how a once neglected underdog of the postcolonial state has recently emerged as a new frontier of international interest. [read more]


LANDac CITY Forum

In 2017 and 2018, LANDac organised the CITYforum, in order to bring together professionals currently working on ways to make investments in urban development more inclusive and sustainable. In the past years, investments intended to help cities grow or become climate-resilient are often designed abroad and may come at the expense of local residents’ needs and wishes. Through the CITYforum expert meeting, LANDac aimed to generate new ideas and new partnerships between those working in the Netherlands and on the ground in cities where investments are taking place. [read more]


LANDac CITY Forum Expert Meeting 2018

On June 27, 2018, prior to the LANDac Annual International Conference, LANDac brought together 22 individuals from 16 organisations currently working on ways to make investments in urban development more inclusive and sustainable. Because in the past years, we have seen that investments intended to help cities grow or become climate-resilient are often designed abroad and may come at the expense of local residents’ needs and wishes. Through the CITYforum expert meeting, LANDac aimed to generate new ideas and new partnerships between those working in the Netherlands and on the ground in cities where investments are taking place. [read more]


Roundtable report – Inclusive urban development in Metro Manila

This local roundtable discussion was an open discussion about the land-related urban development issues specific to Manila, and about the plethora of “plans” which are  currently being designed for the city (such as the Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan). During this  discussion, participants were asked to identify and define  priority issues. The outputs of this roundtable were used as input for the next CITYforum meeting in 2018. [read more]


LANDac CITY Forum Expert Meeting 2017

On 18th and 19th September 2017, a group of experts on urban development joined a multistakeholder meeting in Utrecht, the Netherlands to discuss new ways to optimise the link between land issues and inclusive urbanisation in Jakarta, Indonesia and Manila, the Philippines. In an era where vast amounts of capital are being directed towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, this coalition came together to reflect on the role of Dutch actors in facilitating and enabling community engagement abroad and to design an agenda for action in the two cities. This report outlines some of the key findings from the meeting, and the future priorities for action. [read more]


LANDac Policy Brief #5 – Urban Expansion and compulsory land acquisition in Hue, Vietnam: Challenges and ways toward fair urbanization

By Nguyen Quang Phuc
Land acquisition for urban expansion in Vietnam occurs through compulsory acquisition by the State and in line with existing laws and regulations of the country. However, the ways in which the processes of land acquisition take place in practice are often unbalanced and unfair and thus do not align with the principles of sustainable development. [read more]


Public Event – The New Urban Agenda: How do we achieve safe, resilient and inclusive cities in Africa, Asia & Latin America?

Cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America are going through rapid changes: they are expanding, engulfing more and more peri-urban and agricultural land; they are densifying and gentrifying, leading to processes of inclusion and exclusion within the city; and completely new urban centres are being built from scratch. A central aspect in these processes is access to and competition for scarce land resources. In the this episode of New Urban Agenda several researchers and partners affiliated LANDac, Utrecht University (SGPL), CEDLA and VNG International pitched their projects addressing urban land development in various cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. [read more]


Other Resources


News Items

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Newly published article by Alice Nikuze, Richard Sliuzas and Johannes Flacke (ITC University of Twente) - "From Closed to Claimed Read more