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Land readjustment as an alternative land development tool for peri-urban areas of Ethiopia

Achamyeleh Gashu Adam (Institute of Land Administration, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia AND Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden)

Property Management

ISSN: 0263-7472

Article publication date: 16 February 2015




The rapid urban population growth in Ethiopia is causing an increasing demand for urban land, which primarily tends to be supplied by expropriation of peri-urban land. The process of urban development in Ethiopia is largely criticized for forced displacement and disruption of the peri-urban local community. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to introduce how Ethiopia’s urban development system could be built on the participatory and inclusive approaches of land acquisition.


The study has employed questionnaire survey results, focus group discussion with panel of experts and previous research reports to examine the peri-urban situations and then to show why an alternative land development approach is needed to be introduced in the urban land development system of Ethiopia. Desk review on land readjustment was also made to explore best lessons from other countries applicable to the peri-urban contexts of Ethiopia.


This study has explored that land readjustment is potentially an appropriate land development tool to alleviate peri-urban land development limitations in Ethiopia.

Practical implications

Researchers, policy makers and government bodies that are interested in peri-urban land would appreciate and consider implementing the adapted land readjustment model as an alternative land development tool. Consequently, the local peri-urban landholders’ rights would be protected and maintained in the process of urbanization.


Although land readjustment has the potential to achieve participatory peri-urban land development, awareness of the method in the Ethiopian urban land development system is inadequate. This study contributes to fill this gap and create an insight into the basic conditions for the adaption of the tool.



Adam, A.G. (2015), "Land readjustment as an alternative land development tool for peri-urban areas of Ethiopia", Property Management, Vol. 33 No. 1, pp. 36-58.



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