Capacity Self-Assessment Methodology for Local Government Training Institutions

Capacity self-assessment is a way for training institutions to assess and develop the capacities needed for their own development and for the provision of high quality training services. Self-assessment refers to a participatory process driven by the training institutions themselves rather than external actors.

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Quick Guide 3: Land , A crucial element in housing the urban poor

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This Quick Guide 3 looks at the different forms of land tenure which operate in African cities and examines some of the problems and benefits of these different land tenure systems.

It discusses how land is supplied, valued, financed and sold in the formal market, how this formal market is failing to make secure, appropriate land available to their cities' low-income populations, and why the majority of Africa's urban poor are being forced to obtain land for their housing through informal land markets.

Quick Guide 4: Eviction , Alternatives to the destruction of urban poor communities

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This Quick Guide 4 explores how communities facing eviction have organized themselves, and drawn on the support of community-based networks and institutions in Africa and globally to find alternatives to the destruction of their settlements.

The guide presents guidelines to help governments and policy makers to develop better formal procedures to minimize evictions and to ensure that resettlement, if inevitable, follows international standards.

Quick Guide 5: Housing Finance , Ways to help the poor pay for housing

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The objective of this Quick Guide is to introduce some of the key concepts of housing finance and to provide a quick overview of how a housing finance system works.

The guide presents information about both the formal and informal systems of housing finance and suggests ways in which the two can be better integrated. It sets out the different kinds of housing finance, and offers tips for policy makers to enhance access to affordable housing finance especially by the urban poor.

Quick Guide 8: Local government , Addressing urban challenges in a participatory and integrated way

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This Quick Guide 8 provides a brief overview of local government in Africa, and the urban challenges (and opportunities) that local government bodies need to respond to.

The guide shows how physical development, economic development and social development need to go hand in hand in order for interventions to be effective and sustainable. Some key tools for local governments to use when adopting these approaches are presented.