Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic is a middle-income country with a primarily service-based economy. The country has a high urbanization rate and suffers from land degradation. Poverty is widespread in the country, particularly in those communities located on the border with Haiti.

The Constitution of the Dominican Republic of 2010 grants the right to property. It states that land must be used for useful purposes and it calls for the integration of rural people in the national development process. The Real Property Registry Law of 2005 established the procedures and institutions for the adjudication and registration of property rights, further specifying the functions of the Supreme Court for the administration of land. The 2000 Dominican Republic Environmental and Natural Resource Law sets the principles for the implementation of development plans.

Disputes over land are generally due to competing claims based on title documents, occupation of land, land invasion and issues related to land seizures. These disputes contribute to the persistence of tenure insecurity. Claims over land are usually resolved by the Land Courts, which have demonstrated a high level of efficiency in resolving land disputes. 

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Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF)

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Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

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Note: The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (The VGGTs) were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in 2012.

The "VGGT indicators" dataset has been created by Nicholas K. Tagliarino, PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen. The indicators of this dataset assess national laws against Section 16 of the VGGT standards on expropriation, compensation, and resettlement.

Each indicator relates to a principle established in the VGGTs.

Answering the questions posed by these indicators entails analyzing a broad range of national-level laws, including national constitutions, land acquisition acts, land acts, community land acts, agricultural land acts, land use regulations, and some court decisions.

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WTO Kills Farmers: Beyond the Hong Kong Ministerial

The World Trade Organization (WTO) hailed the recent Hong Kong Sixth Ministerial Meeting last December 2005 as a positive movement towards the conclusion of the Doha Development Round. The round was supposedly geared towards ensuring that trade contributes to the development objectives of least developed and developing countries.

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February 2006

SP/SSM

A Special Product (SP) is an agricultural product “out of the WTO” in that they are not subject to tariff reductions, i. e. Countries can keep the right to maintain protective tariffs on certain agricultural products that are essential for food security, rural development, and farmers’ livelihoods. The G33 proposal is for 10% of developing country products to be exempt from tariff reductions, with an additional 10% of product lines to have limited tariff reductions. This would be somewhere in the range of 300 products. The US counter-proposal is for a mere 5 products!

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May 2007

A Review of Gender Issues in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica

This report examines the effect of
gender on socio-economic outcomes in three Caribbean
countries: the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.
Organized in three separate country notes, it covers:
demographics, health and reproductive health, violence,
education, labor and agriculture. The report is part of a
large effort aimed at establishing a strategic social agenda
in the region. Many of the key economic issues that

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August 2013