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The study explored the impact of socio-cultural differences underlying Sub-Saharan Africa land tenure systems on the operations of the real estate component of land registration systems. The study sought to compare and contrast the social structures and key processes underpinning the land tenure system of two distinct jurisdictions and their impacts on the operations and outcome of land registration systems and ultimately on the development and functioning of the local urban real estate market.

Method and data

Case study methodology was followed in this study in order to have an in-depth understanding of the social and physical context within which the events and issues specified in the research objectives occured.
A mixed method approach to the collection of data was followed. Interviews, archival records, documentary evidence, and observations were utilised to collect the data needed to address the research objectives. The primary sources of data for the study included identified agencies and institutions, customary land authorities, professionals and academics, and persons owning property within the selected case study areas. The selected participants responded to semi-structured and structured questions relevant to the research objectives. Secondary sources of data included published and unpublished documents and records from the databases of the relevant agencies.

A combination of qualitative and quantitative techniques were employed to analyse the spatial and non-spatial data to be collected in order to facilitate interpretation and comparison of findings.


Benjamin Quaye's PhD was awarded in 2014.


The project was funded by a University of Otago PhD scholarship and the School of Surveying.

People involved

David Goodwin
Brent Hall

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