Land management policy and its implementation in Addis Ababa city government:-the case of Arada and Yeka sub cities

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Addis Ababa University


Land markets contribute directly to economic growth through capital formation. In this regard, land developers have a crucial role to play, in that they develop sites generating higher values, making it possible for urban land markets to contribute significantly to capital formation direction. The most important function of land markets in economic growth is moving land from the inefficient user to the more efficient one. The past two decades of public ownership of land and centralization of some of the land related activities have proved the public sector’s inefficiency, sluggishness and bureaucratic land allocation that didn’t cope with the fast growing demand of the population, only contributing to land price escalation and corruption in the city and in the studied area. This study establishes that, the practices of access to information about land lease and land allocation was not equally accessible to all. Limited publications or announcement, long and many steps in land allocation processes were time consuming and non uniformity in managing land evidenced this. However, land allocations was mentioned by the majority of an individual or by the city residents as non transparent, improper investor selection were nonexistent; in turn most allocated plots in serviced land are not developed, rather fenced for a long period even after the expiration of grace period. Many measures have been taken to tackle urban problems in our city. One of which is regarding the land policy that is very delicate, the most important and political sensitive area, which the national government has directly involved in it. Addis Ababa is presently a head of many others Ethiopian cities to adopt land lease regulation as well as land and housing management practices. The City Government Addis Ababa intends to promote the formal sector medium and large scale businesses by instituting among other, an efficient and sustainable land management system that would ease the access to land. Not with standing system that would ease the access to land. Notwithstanding the efforts being made by the municipality to improve service delivery, there appears to be a need to introduce more transparent and accountable working procedures that pertain to land management related services. The sluggishness and wide spread incidence of corrupt practices in urban land management has to be seen in lights of the rule of laws. Lack of qualified man power and the motivation and ethical profile of the organizational staffs were bad, for some officials it was extremely lower; which lead to poor performance.


Submitted To The School Of Graduate Studies College Of Business And Economic Department of Public Administration And Development Management In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master’s of Art Degree In Public Policy And Development Management.


Land, Land management