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African Land Tenure: Questioning Basic Assumptions  Published

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African Land Tenure: Questioning Basic Assumptions

Keen attention has been paid for some time to development narratives. Various writers have demonstrated how such narratives, even when proved wanting,contribute to standardise, package, and label development problems and justify very simple and standard off-the-peg solutions (Roe, 1991; Hoben, 1995; Leachand Mearns 1996).

Challenges in Land Tenure and Land Reform in Africa: An Anthropological Perspective  Published

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Challenges in Land Tenure and Land Reform in Africa: An Anthropological Perspective

Land policy reforms are once again on the agenda of many African governments and their supporting donors. Land reform has moved up and down the ladder of development priorities over the past fifty plus years. Older concerns with ensuring security of tenure, so encouraging investment and improving productivity of land are now joined – though often in uneasy tension – by newer imperatives for poverty reduction.

Customary Land Tenure in the Modern World  Published

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Customary Land Tenure in the Modern World

Tenure means landholding. Customary land tenure refers to the systems that most rural African communities operate to express and order ownership, possession, and access, and to regulate use and transfer. Unlike introduced landholding regimes, the norms of customary tenure derive from and are sustained by the community itself rather than the state or state law (statutory land tenure).

Customary Tenure: Remaking Property for the 21st Century  Published

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Customary Tenure: Remaking Property for the 21st Century

A contemporary view of customary land tenure is purposely presented in this chapter. This is because this system of landholding and regulation continues to fight for its survival in a world where non-customary systems dominate. This matters. Globally, the customary domain remains a major world tenure regime, potentially embracing more than six billion hectares held individually or collectively by more than two billion rural poor (Alden Wily, 2011). Most adherents live in agrarian economies where stable access to land is a primary concern

Formalising Land Rights in Developing Countries: Moving from Past Controversies to Future Strategies  Published

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Formalising Land Rights in Developing Countries: Moving from Past Controversies to Future Strategies

Formalising rights involves giving written and legal form to undocumented land rights that are not yet recognised by the law. These are often called ‘informal’ rights, al-though it would be more accurate to describe them as ‘extra-legal’. This land policy option is widely promoted by international bodies, often presented as an obvious, almost inevita-ble step, and sometimes as a panacea that will increase investment, encourage economic
development, improve poor people’s security and social integration, prevent confl icts and ensure social harmony.

Improving access to land and tenure security  Published

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Improving access to land and tenure security

Secure access to productive land is critical to the millions of poor people living in rural areas and depending on agriculture, livestock or forests for their livelihood. It reduces their vulnerability to hunger and poverty;

Land Ownership and Property Rights  Published

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Land Ownership and Property Rights

The issues of land tenure and its relationship to poverty, inequality and economic growth has waxed and waned in public policy. The topic is back on the public policy agenda thanks to the evolving political situations of countries such as South Africa and the former Soviet Union, and persistently concentrated landholdings in much of Latin America.

Land Policy Development in East Africa: A Survey of Recent Trends  Published

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Land Policy Development in East Africa: A Survey of Recent Trends

Land policy in East Africa has had an extremely colourful history. Although firmly rooted in a common foundation cast by the Berlin Conferences of 1884-85 that sanctioned the partition of Africa among the European powers, actual development of land policy on the ground in the three countries of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika) Uganda, and Kenya (briefly East Africa), parted ways soon thereafter and for nearly a century remained radically different in each jurisdiction.

Land Rights Reform and Governance in Africa: How to Make it Work in the 21st Century  Published Popular

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Land Rights Reform and Governance in Africa: How to Make it Work in the 21st Century

Tenure insecurity is a socio-political condition engineered intentionally or otherwise by policies – and is remediable by policies In matters of tenure we have failed the world’s agrarian poor even at the turn of the 21st century. Insecurity of tenure to land and natural resources is still rife. Moreover
for many, insecurity is a creation of the 20th century, arising from colonial and post-colonial policies

Land Sector Reforms in Ghana, Kenya and Vietnam: A Comparative Analysis of their Effectiveness  Published

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Land Sector Reforms in Ghana, Kenya and Vietrnam - A comparative analysis of their effectiveness.pdf

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Land Sector Reforms in Ghana, Kenya and Vietnam: A Comparative Analysis of their Effectiveness

In recent years, there has been growing interest in land reform programs in developing economies and the recent paper by Beyers et al. [ 1 ] in African Affairs confirms this. The focus and aim of this paper is presenting the institutional and sociopolitical dynamics of the ways reforms in the land sector enhance or constrain access to land, security of land tenure, and agricultural investments, in Ghana,Kenya, and Vietnam.

Promoting Land Administration and Governance for Sustainable Development in Eastern Africa  Published Popular

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Promoting Land Administration and Governance for Sustainable Development in Eastern Africa

As noted in the ‗Framework and guidelines for land policy in Africa‘ (2010), land is a significant factor in Africa‘s economy through its linkages and contribution to other sectors. However, whereas land continues to be the primary source of wealth, social status and power the imbalance between the economic contribution of women and marginalized groups in, on and around land use in Africa continues.

Towards Improved Land Governance  Published

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Towards Improved Land Governance

Land is increasingly recognised as an important governance issue. The world today faces many complex challenges, including climate change; rapid urbanization;increased demand for natural resources; food, water and energy insecurity; natural disasters; and violent conflict. Many of these challenges have a clear land dimension:unequal access to land; insecurity of tenure; unsustainable land use; weak institutionsfor dispute and conflict resolution, etc

VGGT & F&G: Versatile Tools for Improving Tenure Governance  Published

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VGGT & F&G: Versatile Tools for Improving Tenure Governance

Land is at the heart of many issues for farmers and their families. It is the primary means of subsistence and the primary vehicle for investment, accumulation of wealth and transfer of wealth between generations. On a broader scale, land also plays a key role in agricultural production,
management of natural resources, and support for local development whether urban or rural.