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Property rights in Tanzania:

The tensions of land ownership in informal settlements

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Progressing Planning, Dr Martina Manara, Dr Erica Pani

18 January 2022

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Unplanned urbanisation in rapidly expanding African cities requires effective public policy. However, policies such as property rights reform often find low uptake and fail to deliver positive outcomes, especially in the short term. The authors’ research on land tenure security in Dar es Salaam’s informal settlements aims to understand the motivations of plot owners to take up (or not) various proofs of ownership that may offer more ad hoc and context-relevant solutions to tenure insecurity.


The question arises then, how can people living in the informal settlements of Dar es Salaam ensure they have rights over where they live? This article by Dr Erica Pani and Dr Martina Manara explores the different proofs of ownership available in Tanzania’s largest city.


Abstract based on source.


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Human settlements

Informal settlements


Land ownership

Land tenure


Property market



Title deed


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