Rio de Janeiro 10 September 2015—Applications are invited for the fourteenth edition of a Professional Development Course on Informal Land Markets and Regularization of Settlements in Latin America.

A joint announcement from UN-Habitat and Lincoln Institute issued Wednesday said the deadline for the applications is on 28th September. The course will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina between 6th and 11th December. The course is free of charge. Participants are responsible for paying for their own travel. The cost of accommodation and meals is covered for all participants, except for those coming from Buenos Aires who will not have their accommodation covered by the programme.

The target audience is Latin American professionals working in the public sector, NGOs, and consultancies, as well as members of the executive, legislative and judicial powers, and researchers and academics involved in the analysis of land markets and themes related to the urban informal sector and informal settlements. The course offers a dynamic and intensive learning environment and opportunities for exchange between participants.

The course examines informality and develops economic analysis tools to increase the understanding of the development of informal settlements and land markets in Latin America. It aims to improve the formulation of policies, programs and strategies to resolve these prevalent issues in the cities of Latin America and the Caribbean. The areas covered include the links between formal and informal land markets, the preventative aspects of informality in relation to the framework of housing policies and access to urban land, as well as technical and economic aspects associated with the tenure of urban land. The course also discusses the process of the regularization of land tenure, using case studies from Latin America and other regions.

The course is organised by UN-Habitat and theLincoln Institute of Land Policy, with the support of the Research Center for Urban Policy and Housing of theTorcuato Di Tella University, the ministry of Habitat and Inclusion of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires and the Housing Institute of the City of Buenos Aires.

Find more information on the course and how to apply here.