Opinion

The Right to Land Beyond Hope

The Right to Land Beyond Hope

Eking out an existence is the experience of a large number of the world’s population that is driven by human survivalist instincts. Acts of desperation are usual in these circumstances. While a piece of land may not always ease that burden immediately, it provides hope for survival. If there is seed and some implements then [...]
The Centrality of Land Is Not Given Sufficient Recognition in National Development Strategies and Programmes

The Centrality of Land Is Not Given Sufficient Recognition in National Development Strategies and Programmes

1. The centrality of land to people’s livelihoods and to sustainable development There is need to recognize the centrality of land to development. The eradication of hunger and poverty, and the sustainable use of the environment, depend in large measure on how people, communities and others gain access to land, fisheries and forests. The livelihood [...]
Framing Land Policy and Governance within the Process of Africa’s Rural and Structural Transformation

Framing Land Policy and Governance within the Process of Africa’s Rural and Structural Transformation

Why focus on structural transformation in framing Africa’s land issue? The way in which land issues are addressed will be critical for Africa’s social and economic transformation over the next few decades. There is an increasing demand for land (e.g. agriculture, urbanization, infrastructure, mining, protected areas, etc.) and therefore competing use. Land policy and institutional [...]
The Evolution of Customary Land Rights Policy in Africa

The Evolution of Customary Land Rights Policy in Africa

The concept of land tenure security Generally, land governance systems define power and gender relations, social status and prestige attached to land, decision making with respect to access to land, changes in use of land, conflict and dispute resolution, and other associated decisions on land. All types of land tenure -be they customary, freehold or [...]