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Operation of the Market Study

Findings from research in Malawi and Mozambique

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Reathe Rain-Taljaard, Cornelius Monkwe, Motlalepule Tsepe, Ros Gordon, Eusebio Teodoro Pequenino, Egildo Massuanganhe

01 January 2013

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The 'Operation of the Market ' research study commissioned by the Urban Land Markets Programme Southern Africa and undertaken by Progressus Research Development Consultancy, is part of Tenure Security Facility Southern Africa Project. The findings are presented here.


The research involved two studies on how the poor access, hold and trade land - one study in two settlements in Lilongwe, Malawi and the other in two settlements in Tete, Mozambique. The studies aimed to shed light on the ways in which informal land transactions occur and the extent to which they result in tenure security and asset creation in these informal settlements. Results from both the Lilongwe study, which surveyed the informal settlements of Mtandire and Chinsapo, and from the Tete study, which surveyed the informal settlements of Matundo and Mateus Sansão Muthemba, are available.


This research formed part of a larger programme of work Urban LandMark undertook over a number of years, and which includes similar studies on how the poor access, hold and trade land in Maputo (Mozambique), Luanda (Angola) and Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg (South Africa).



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Poverty & inequality


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