Integrating the layers: an analysis of urban land governance in contemporary Ethiopia

  • Berhanu Kefale Alemie Bahir Dar University
  • Jaap Zevenbergen The ITC University of Twente
  • Rohan Bennet The ITC University of Twente


Land is a cross-cutting theme in most contemporary development challenges. Contemporary literature shows that land governance benefits the broader administration and governance of society. Tools enabling evaluation of land governance, however, are often focuses on national or supranational levels. Ethiopia provides a case in point: rapid urbanization and urban poverty are an issue; however, limited studies assess urban land governance from a multi-stakeholder perspective. Citizens and government representatives at different levels are the sources of information. This work reveals that incorporating governance conceptions in urban land policies and laws benefit the land governance and management at the local level.

Keywords: urban land governance; federal systems; urban land management; policy and actor analysis


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