Informal Land Markets and the Regularization of Informal Settlements in Latin America
The impact of informal settlements and land markets that have emerged in Latin American and Caribbean cities can be addressed through robust land policies. This week-long professional development course provides participants with a unique opportunity to (1) expand their knowledge of the informal urban economy; (2) systematize their understanding of that economy; (3) develop instruments for the economic analysis of informality, land markets, and price formation; and (4) craft public policy proposals to prevent and/or mitigate the impact of these informal settlements on cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through the analysis of case studies of cities in Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions, participants will deepen their knowledge of the economic dimension of urban informality, the availability of technical intervention mechanisms, current methods for planning and scaling program management, and successful strategies for land tenure regularization. The course is developed in collaboration with the United Nations Program for Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) and the Municipality of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.