rights

Date of publication
janvier 2011
Geographical focus

This lesson brief presents the laws that give people access and secure rights to land. These laws encourage investment in the land and can establish a foundation on which rural families can grow their incomes and assets. It is part of the Focus on Land in Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights online educational tool.

Date of publication
janvier 2011
Geographical focus

This lesson brief explores the multiple independent phenomena that affect relationships between farmers and herders, as well as the nature of their conflicts over natural resources in Mali. It is part of the Focus on Land in Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights online educational tool. Mali is experiencing population pressures, soil degradation, more intense and variable drought cycles, and shifts in agricultural practices. This has contributed to the expansion of land under cultivation and decreased availability of land for grazing animals.

Date of publication
janvier 2011
Geographical focus

This lesson brief examines the statutory frameworks governing decentralization in Mali and the challenges that have arisen. It is part of the Focus on Land in Africa: Land Tenure and Property Right online educational tool. When properly implemented, the decentralization of authority over land and natural resources to the local level can lead to improved resource management, create an enabling environment for local tenure systems, and strenghten legal recognition of customary land rights.

Date of publication
janvier 2011
Geographical focus

This lesson brief discusses the stratutory, customary, and religious frameworks governing women's rights to land in Mali and offers suggestions as to how these rights might be strenghtened.  It is part of the Focus on Land in Africa: Land Tenure and Property Right online educational tool. In Mali, women's rights to land are limited by statutory, customary, and religious law. Under customary law, women typically access land through their husbands or other male relatives.

Date of publication
janvier 2011
Geographical focus

This lesson brief discusses projects developed to reinvigorate the process of land registration formalization in peri-urban Ghana, their impacts, and the risks of unintended consequences for women, pastorlaists and the poor if their rights are explicitly taken into account. It is part of the Focus on Land in Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights online educational tool.

Date of publication
janvier 2011
Geographical focus

This lesson brief presents the situations faced by modern Ghanaian women and compare their evolving land rights across regions. It is part of the Focus on Land in Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights online educational tool.

Date of publication
janvier 2011
Geographical focus

This lesson brief discusses the dangers and opportunities of increasing biofuel cultivation in Ghana and provides recommendations for a national policy governing this sector. It is part of the Focus on Land in Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights online educational tool.

Date of publication
janvier 2011
Geographical focus

This lesson brief discusses how statuatory law and customary law  frame the rights of customary authorities to transact in the land that they govern, and compare this to what is happening in practice. It is part of the Focus on Land in Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights online educational tool.

Date of publication
janvier 2011
Geographical focus

This lesson brief examines the ways in which women's rights groups collaborated and engaged in the land law reform process in Tanzania. It is part of the Focus on Land in Africa: Land Tenure and Property Right online educational tool. Land rights in Tanzania have been the subject of vigorous debate and remain a contested and divisive issue. A revision of the country's  land laws in the 1990's presented an opportunity for civil society groups to advocate for progressive change.

Date of publication
janvier 2011
Geographical focus

This lesson brief looks at the government's control of private land use in Kenya. It is part of the Focus on Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights online educational tool. Like other governments around the world, Kenya’s government has the authority to extinguish or restrict property rights over land and natural resources, including the authority to restrict the use of privately-held land for national and public interest purposes. Private land use restrictions have been used for environmental management and are increasingly being considered for biodiversity conservation purposes. Such authorities must be carefully exercised because they can weaken land tenure, reduce investments in land, lower land values, and limit local livelihoods options. This lesson examines the law and practice of government authorities to restrict the use of private land in Kenya.

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