Mission statement

The African Studies Centre Leiden is a knowledge institute that undertakes research and is involved in teaching about Africa and aims to promote a better understanding of and insight into historical, current and future developments in Africa.

The institute is located in the Pieter de la Court Building of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Leiden.

Main objectives:

  1. To promote and undertake scientific research on Africa;
  2. To function as a national centre in the field of African studies and to contribute to education and teaching in these studies;
  3. To promote the dissemination of knowledge and an understanding of African societies in the wider public sphere.

      Location

      Netherlands
      NL

      African Studies Centre Leiden Resources

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      Journal Articles & Books
      Policy Papers & Briefs
      November 2016
      Burundi
      South Sudan
      Uganda

      In post-conflict settings, securing tenure of local smallholders is considered of major importance to reduce and prevent local land disputes, to contribute to the recovery of rural livelihoods, and to improve agricultural production. Registration and other ways of formalizing land ownership are generally believed to significantly enhance local tenure security and rural development.

      Journal Articles & Books
      Policy Papers & Briefs
      November 2016
      Burundi
      South Sudan
      Uganda

      After conflict, governments and donors often feel a need for up-scaling and modernizing land use. There is an ambition to achieve economic recovery and contribute to food security through stimulating large-scale investment in land. Our research in Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan suggests that policymakers should be extremely careful when promoting large-scale land acquisitions, both foreign and national. Especially in the difficult transition from war to peace, large-scale appropriation of land risks becoming a threat to tenure security and the recovery of rural livelihoods.

      Policy Papers & Briefs
      November 2016
      Burundi
      South Sudan
      Uganda

      Disputes over land are a prominent feature of many situations of protracted violent conflict in Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan. Research conducted as part of the programme ‘Grounding Land Governance’ underscores that war reshuffles access and ownership, but also critically changes the ways in which land is governed. Land issues often come to resonate with other conflicts in society, thereby affecting overall stability. This makes interventions in land governance politically sensitive.