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Secure Land Tenure? Stakes and Contradictions of Land Titling and Upgrading Policies in the Global Middle East and Egypt

Agnès Deboulet

in Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0009
Secure Land Tenure? Stakes and Contradictions of Land Titling and Upgrading Policies in the Global Middle East and Egypt

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This chapter analyzes Egypt's local adaptation of policies to eradicate slums. It seeks to demonstrate how political objectives to regularize and renovate informal housing settlements, especially those on public land, are limited by the added difficulty of a newly required procedure of legalization or land titling that is extremely complex and time-consuming to implement. These programs are also unsuccessful because of new safety and environmental regulations that justify the eviction of squatter settlements. The flexibility of procedures that are negotiated on a daily basis and which produce popular housing on a massive scale is therefore still disputed, while no integrating alternative has ever gone beyond the stage of an experimental ‘best practice.’

Keywords: Slums upgrading; squatter eviction; popular housing; Cairo

Chapter.  9265 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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