Afesis-corplan has identified land access as a strategic focus area with the capacity to act as a catalyst for further community development. LANDfirst, as an approach to settlement development, emphasises the provision of planned secure land with basic services as a first step towards a longer-term housing and settlement upgrading process. LANDfirst provides an entry point for the homeless to access land and housing that does not rely on land invasion or waiting for government to provide a RDP house.
At the core of the LANDfirst concept is the desire to find innovative solutions to the growing discontent expressed by thousands of informal settlement and backyard shack dwellers that eke out a living on the periphery of society.
LANDfirst is a pro-poor approach to land access. It is also an emerging network of civil society organisations campaigning for ‘dignity through land’.
Urban Land Access Series
The Urban Land Access Series is produced by Afesis-corplan with the support of Urban LandMark. The target group is the leadership of organised groups of homeless in need of land for housing development. (June 2008)
The following titles are available in this series:
- Land Access Manual A – Manual A “Urban Land Access: An Overview” provides a short and simple introduction to the process.
- Land Access Manual B – Manual B “Urban Land Access: The Steps” offers more details on each of the steps involved in the process.
- Land Access Manual C – Manual C “Urban Land Access: Options” outlines the various options for how and when land can be accessed.
For more information email Ronald Eglin.