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Innovation Programme Call for Proposals (2019)

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From the field: stories, insights and lessons learned


TSC lessons learned report            


The Transaction Support Centre: Lessons Learned


The report documents the first two years of the Transaction Support Centre (TSC). It presents client case studies, explore mechanisms to optimise existing processes and identify systemic constraints that impede formalisation in low-income neighborhoods.

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Photo by: Pamoja Trust

Flattening the Curve: Women’s Groups Lead Response to Covid 19 in Kenya’s Informal Settlements


The significance of the role women are playing in efforts to control the spread of the virus, especially in informal settlements, cannot be overstated.  This Blog post discusses how women’s groups are emerging as the unsung heroes during the Covid-19 crisis in informal settlements in Kenya.

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Photo by: Pamoja Trust

Keeping Water and Information Flowing: Pamoja Trust’ COVID-19 Response in Kenya’s Informal Settlements


Our grantee Pamoja Trust shares insights on how partnerships with community leadership, CBOs, and government institutions are framing responses to COVID-19 in Kenya

View of a township in South Africa            

What if you bought a new home — but you don’t have the papers to prove it?


In this Blog post, Jessica Robey and Illana Melzer of 71point4 share insights on how a Transaction Support Centre is helping households in South Africa obtaining their title deeds.

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Data Dilemma: Addressing Housing Inequities in South Africa


Most legal land processes rely heavily on written evidence to prove rights—but what if the evidence needed to prove rights is not accessible?

Photo by: Pamoja Trust
Photo by: Pamoja Trust

Helping Informal Communities Realize Tenure Security: The Social Tenure Domain Model


Our grantee Pamoja Trust shares insight into an innovative, pro-poor, gender- and youth- responsive tool for inclusive, sustainable, and strong urban communities.


Talking Transformation: Blockchains and Housing Ladders


Kecia Rust (CAHF) and Illana Melzer (71Point4) talk about the housing market in South Africa and present how the Transaction Support Centre is assisting lower income property owners with title deed and other property-related problems.






Project Reports: learn more about the achievements and challenges faced by the projects


Poster by: CAHF and 71Point4
Poster by: Transaction Support Centre


A Transaction Support Centre to Support Secure Tenure in Functioning Property Markets in Khayelitsha, South Africa

Project Update (as of November 2019)

Photo by: IRDAC
Photo by: IRDAC


Drones for Land Clarification and the Empowerment of Women

Project Update (December 2019)

Photo by: Association 3535
Photo by: Association 3535


eServices Techniques: a tech solution to help street vendors get access to the public space

Final Report

Project Update (as of October 2019)

Photo by: Spatial Collective
Photo by: Spatial Collective


Secure Tenure on Zanzibar

Final Report

Project Update (as of December 2019)

Photo by: Pamoja Trust
Photo by: Pamoja Trust


Upscaling the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM): creating voice and space with the urban poor in Kenya

Project Update (as of December 2019)


Call for Proposals Documentation