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    25 Years of Land Reform
    (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Integrated Land Management Institute, 2015) Werner, Wolfgang
    The Land, Livelihoods and Housing Programme aims at deepening and expanding the focus on these three key issues in Namibia. This thematic approach seeks to reflect the wide-ranging skills exiting at the FNRSS, and was developed to guide ILMI’s activities during the 2014-18 period. The programme is organised in four aspects: institutional, environmental, fiscal and spatial processes.
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    (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Integrated Land Management Institute, 2018) Guillermo, Delgado
    Namibia is compelled to observe and to undertake efforts to realise the right to adequate housing, since it has ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1994. In short, the right to adequate housing does not mean that governments should build a house for every citizen, but it does compel them to demonstrate that they are taking steps to realise this right for every citizen. This right includes security of tenure; availability of services, materials, facilities and infrastructure; affordability; habitability; accessibility; adequate location; and cultural adequacy. It furthermore includes protection against forced evictions, arbitrary interference with one’s home, and the right to determine one’s place of living. Furthermore, this right is envisioned to be progressively attained
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    A short socio-spatial history of Namibia (ILMI Working paper 9)
    (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Integrated Land Management Institute, 2018-08) Guillermo, Delgado
    include a trajectory of Namibia’s socio-spatial development for the reader to engage with my work. The term ‘socio-spatial’ is to stress the spatial dimension within social processes. To have simply left the term ‘spatial’ would have missed the point of spatial production as a social process. In other words, space per se is not what is at stake here, but rather the dialectic relationship of how space is produced and at the same time it transforms those who inhabit it. Therefore, what I would like to encompass is not merely town planning schemes, houses, or public spaces, but also spatial social relations, policy documents, jurisdictions, and to a certain extent the production of nature. However, this review may be useful for other researchers and interested parties to have an overview of the trajectory of Namibia’s socio-spatial development. I’d like to thank Werner Hillebrecht, Phillip Lühl, Anna Muller, Nashilongweshipe Mushaandja, and Wolfgang Werner for their comments on this rather preliminary document.
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    Urban land reform in Namibia
    (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Integrated Land Management Institute, 2018-08-14) Lühl, Phillip; Guillermo, Delgado
    This document outlines some pertinent questions regarding urbanization in Namibia, provides central policy recommendations and identifies relevant research gaps to guide the policy debate on urban land reform as part of the 2nd National Land Conference scheduled for 1-5 October 2018.
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    Ancestral land
    (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Integrated Land Management Institute, 2018) Katjiua, Mutjinde
    Ancestral land refers to ‘land of ancestors’. That is the land occupied by ones’ forebearers for generations and left something behind of value for current and future generations. There are usually contestations as to which ancestors the land belongs because of the history of internal migration and of displacements by stronger nations (tribes).
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    Land reform
    (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Integrated Land Management Institute, 2018) Werner, Wolfgang
    A lot of aspects are commonly subsumed under the concept land reform. These range from redistribution to tenure and agrarian reform. What do these different concepts mean? Agrarian reform: this is the broadest term and refers to attempts to change the agrarian structure of a country. It typically includes land reform, tenure, the reform of agricultural support systems and the reform of the credit system. Land reform: interventions to change the pattern of land ownership or agrarian structure through a process of redistributing land Tenure reform: tenure refers to the system governing access to land defining rights and obligations. Tenure reform refers to reforming these rules to achieve improved tenure security or equity. While land reform involves moving some people off the land in order to improve access to such land by other, tenure reforms leaves people holding the same land but with different rights.
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    The ABC Model
    (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Integrated Land Management Institute, 2018-05) Christensen, Åse
    How does one build up an analysis? And how does one create the link between the individual partial-analyses in a problem-oriented project work? These are the two main issues that this booklet gives an overview of. This document is a presentation of a way in which an analysis, a sub-project and a project can be structured.
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    Leasehold as a Vehicle for Economic Development
    (2017-03) Werner, Wolfgang; Bayer, Charl-Thom H.
    Secure tenure and registered land rights are widely believed to be necessary for access to credit, well functioning land markets and economic development. As a result Namibia introduced long term leasehold rights over communal and commercial land for resettlement purposes in order to address preindependence imbalances in land holdings. The purpose is to bring the resettled beneficiaries into the mainstream of the economy, but this has not happened. The research analysed the institutional framework for resettlement allocations and the transaction costs in order to understand the impact of leaseholds on the beneficiaries ability to access credit and mobilise investments. The findings suggest that the transaction cost were low when compared with similar transaction internationally, but high in comparison with the production value of the parcels of land. The lack of resources available to the beneficiaries and their resultant inability to service loans is a major contributor to the lack of economic development. Poor access to information on the registration requirements for leases, combined with the requirements from financial institutions and the lack of a market for leasehold rights meant that beneficiaries are not able to register their leases in order participate meaningfully in economic development.