Stories, insights and lessons learned


Securing Tenure in African Cities


Securing Tenure in African Cities: learnings from five small-scale, incremental innovations led by local NGOs and social entrepreneurs


The publication shows the potential of inclusive, bottom-up solutions mixing the use of modern technologies and participatory approaches to help address some of the challenges linked to tenure insecurity. It analyses the five pilot projects in DRC, Zanzibar, South Africa, Ivory Coast and Kenya.

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Challenges and Perspectives for Tenure Security in African Cities: Lessons Learned from the Secure Tenure in African Cities projects

This roundtable was structured as a conversation between local innovators and global partners, where grantees had the opportunity to showcase and discuss results, challenges and lessons learnt from their projects, together with Cities Alliance members and partners working on the same topic. 

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The Transaction Support Centre: Lessons Learned


The report documents the first two years of the Transaction Support Centre (TSC). It presents client case studies, explore mechanisms to optimise existing processes and identify systemic constraints that impede formalisation in low-income neighborhoods.

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Flattening the Curve: Women’s Groups Lead Response to Covid 19 in Kenya’s Informal Settlements


The significance of the role women are playing in efforts to control the spread of the virus, especially in informal settlements, cannot be overstated.  This Blog post discusses how women’s groups are emerging as the unsung heroes during the Covid-19 crisis in informal settlements in Kenya.

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Keeping Water and Information Flowing: Pamoja Trust’ COVID-19 Response in Kenya’s Informal Settlements


Our grantee Pamoja Trust shares insights on how partnerships with community leadership, CBOs, and government institutions are framing responses to COVID-19 in Kenya

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What if you bought a new home — but you don’t have the papers to prove it?


In this Blog post, Jessica Robey and Illana Melzer of 71point4 share insights on how a Transaction Support Centre is helping households in South Africa obtaining their title deeds.


Data Dilemma: Addressing Housing Inequities in South Africa


Most legal land processes rely heavily on written evidence to prove rights—but what if the evidence needed to prove rights is not accessible?

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Helping Informal Communities Realize Tenure Security: The Social Tenure Domain Model


Our grantee Pamoja Trust shares insight into an innovative, pro-poor, gender- and youth- responsive tool for inclusive, sustainable, and strong urban communities.


Talking Transformation: Blockchains and Housing Ladders


Kecia Rust (CAHF) and Illana Melzer (71Point4) talk about the housing market in South Africa and present how the Transaction Support Centre is assisting lower income property owners with title deed and other property-related problems.




Project Reports: learn more about the achievements and challenges faced by the projects


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A Transaction Support Centre to Support Secure Tenure in Functioning Property Markets in Khayelitsha, South Africa

Final Report

Project Update (as of November 2019)


Drones for Land Clarification and the Empowerment of Women

Final Report

Project Update (December 2019)

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eServices Techniques: a tech solution to help street vendors get access to the public space

Final Report

Project Update (as of October 2019)


Secure Tenure on Zanzibar

Final Report

Project Update (as of December 2019)

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Upscaling the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM): creating voice and space with the urban poor in Kenya

Final Report

Project Update (as of December 2019)


Call for Proposals Documentation





Collaboration with local governments has been shown to be one of the conditions for the successful implementation of the proposed innovations.