The next UN-Habitat General Assembly will take place in Nairobi from 27 to 30 May 2019. It will be a chance for IRD researchers to mobilise around a round table devoted to land markets in peri-urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

Half of humanity – 3.5 billion people – currently live in cities. By 2050, this proportion is expected to reach two thirds of the world's population.

UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme that works for a better urban future. Its mission is to promote the socially and environmentally sustainable development of human settlements, and access to decent homes for all.

IRD researchers, their partners in the academic world (universities and research centres), the French Development Agency (AFD), actors in the field and local decision-makers document, describe and analyse urban development in Global South countries. Benefiting from the framework of themed research alliances, such as Allenvi and Aviesan, the scientists provide their expertise and use research to educate those who design and “build” the cities of tomorrow.

At the next UN-Habitat General Assembly, Bérénice Bon and Monique Bertrand (CESSMA joint research unit) will conduct and participate in a round table with the title “Land markets in peri-urban areas: the role of land governance for sustainable urban growth in Sub-Saharan Africa”. With the very rapid growth of towns and cities, peri-urban areas in Africa are on the front line of the urban transition of land tenure.  They are characterised by multiple and changing uses, and by frequent land transactions that cause the value of land to rise. These changes have a major impact on the possibility of accessing land, particularly for the poorest populations.

This round table is part of one of the seminal, interdisciplinary partnership programmes (PSIPs) developed by IRD, on “Urban dynamics and sustainable development”.