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Allan Cain, Development Workshop – Participatory Inclusive Land Readjustment in Post-War Angola

By on October 5, 2016
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Allan Cain


Main affiliation
Development Workshop






Allan Cain O.C. is an architect and specialist in project planning, urban development and is the director of Development Workshop and Canada’s Honorary Consul in Angola. He was awarded an Order of Canada in 2004 for his work in international development, social housing and contribution to peacebuilding in Angola. He has over 35 years of professional experience in developing countries, has worked as a consultant and lead research projects for the World Bank, UN Habitat and has lectured at universities in China, Angola, Norway, USA, South Africa, UK and Canada where he is a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa. He is on the board of several development institutions and his articles and papers have been published widely in international journals.

English Proficiency
Mother tongue

Previous experience of recording video lectures

Experience of lecturing to large audiences

Experience of lecturing to large audiences

Frequency of lectures

Recording opportunities
Habitat III attendance and availability
16 – 20 October 2016



Main themes
Planning and Design
Municipal/Urban Finance

Participatory Inclusive Land Readjustment in Post-War Angola

The lecture demonstrates how land readjustment was used in a participatory way to assemble land for planning new urban development in Huambo, the principal city in Angola’s central highlands the focus of much of the conflict during the years of war.

Issues which the lecture addresses
The lecture demonstrates how the land readjustment model can reduce land conflicts by regularizing tenure in informal settlements. It shows how market mechanisms can be used as tool for self-financing sustainable habitats through the creation of land value and how these values can be captured in a way that benefits former occupants, new owner-builders, and the state. It also demonstrates the crucial role of social mobilization and the need for government buy-in to secure the success of such projects.

Short analysis of the above issues
The land readjustment in Huambo contributed to creating a socially diverse bairro with a population consisting of different income groups, ranging from the poor to the middle class. The inclusion of the poor has been achieved through the process of compensation through the allocation of redeveloped land parcels rather than monetary payments.The lecture argues that despite a rather challenging post-conflict environment, land readjustment in Angola has the potential to become an important tool for urban planning. It shows that, while there is still no legal framework for land readjustment and a very limited culture of participation in urban planning processes, growing land markets and strong private sector partners can make land readjustment a viable option for local governments.

Propositions for addressing the issue
– Angola’s Post Conflict Urban Challenges
– Governance and Legal Environment
– Principals of Land Value Capture
– Institutional requirements
– Participatory Inclusive Land Readjustment (PILaR)
– PILaR Methodology
– Local land administration
– Role of non-state actors – private sector & civil society
– Policy lessons

Additional Reading Materials
1. Reordering the urban patchwork: Participatory and inclusive land readjustment – UN Habitat 2016
2. Reajuste de Terra Participativo em Huambo – Development Workshop 2013
3. A. Cain, B. Weber & M. Festo, (2013) Participatory Inclusive Land Readjustment in Huambo, Angola, presented to the World Bank Land Conference, 08 – 11 April 2013 Washington, DC. http://www.dw.angonet.org/sites/default/files/online_lib_files/Cain-336_paper_0.pdf
4. A. Cain (2013), “Angola: land resources and conflict”, chapter in the Land and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, in the Series: Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Natural Resource Management, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Environmental Law Institute (ELI), January 31st 2013, Routledge, N.Y. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781849712316/

Draft presentation