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Dieter Zinnbauer

Given the potential for bad urban governance to fuel kleptocratic practices, exacerbate inequalities, and further marginalize the livelihoods of billons of urban poor, more attention should be paid to cities as units of analysis, and to urban land in particular. As this chapter insightfully notes, the challenges of urban land governance not only results from the sheer value of this very political resource, but also from the role played by urban land as an investment vehicle to launder the money made through illicit exploitation, corruption and tax evasion associated with other natural resource sectors. Keywords: Urban land, land governance, money laundering, tax evasion, corruption, urban poverty