Sri Lanka

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Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF)

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    • Very Good Practice
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    • Weak Practice
    • Very Weak Practice
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    Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

    Legend: National laws adoption of the VGGT principle
    • Fully adopt
    • Partially adopt
    • Not adopted
    • Missing Value

    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.


    Latest News

    Sri Lanka: Deeds pertaining to property rights, gender inequality and discrimination

    By: Kamanthi Wickramasinghe
    Date: November 2nd 2016
    Source: Daily Mirror

    The law relating to land rights and land contracts in Sri Lanka have been embedded in a complex web of statutes that existed since the year 1863. This was during the colonial rule, a period in which the  patriarchal system prevailed.   

    Infrastructure: Sri Lanka should rethink housing for urbanizing population

    By: LBO
    Date: September 23rd 2016
    Source: Lanka Business Online

    Sep 23, 2016 (LBO) – Sustainable city development will need to entail alternative housing for urban poor as they are service providers for city dwellers, industrial hub and the ports while also looking at affordability for the middle income earner, a senior official said.

    Little hope for displaced Sri Lankans to have land returned

    By: Niranjani Roland and Asanka Fernando
    Date: March 3rd 2016
    Source: UCA News

    Property rights should be included in the island nation's constitution, activists say

    Punchirala Somasiri feels helpless whenever his oldest child asks for extra money to buy things for school. Most of the time he has to borrow money from a friend to give to his child.



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    Milk production pays off! – Experiences of a DPPP approach in Northern Sri Lanka

    Initiated by an international packaging company and a local retailer enterprise a project was set up in the Jaffna district in 2013 supported by the GIZ “development partnerships with the private sector” (develoPPP) initiative. The project aims at an increased quality and quantity of milk production and medium-term coverage of the regional demand. Within a couple of months, the monthly collected amount of milk has increased from 3,100 litres to 35,610 litres, and the number of participating farmers has increased tenfold.

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    November 2014