This is a blog about what have come to be known as ‘housing, land and property’ (HLP) issues in the humanitarian and human rights branches but remain more recognizable as housing and land tenure issues in development circles. These are sometimes dismissed as fussy niche issues best left the preserve of technocratic cabals; the likes of surveyers or agronomists or, god help us, international lawyers. However, HLP/tenure issues can be re-framed as central to the world’s most fundamental social and political questions. Put simply, they concern the relationship between people, states and the limited physical territory they share and depend upon for identity and survival.
The Terra Nullius blog has just been launched by an old colleague, Rhodri Williams. Keep an eye on it if you have an interest in land and property issues.