Journal Articles & Books
January 2012

Significant progress has been made over the past decade or so in the development of policy and legislation that support the recognition of customary rights to land, with important legal rulings in Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, South Sudan, and South Africa. At the same time, the strengthening of communities’ traditional rights to use resources has progressed through community forest reserves and community conservation areas.

Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011

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.

Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011

This lesson brief focuses on how issues of unaffordable land and land formalization processes in Mali have fueled tenure insecurity for the urban poor.  It is part of the Focus on Land in Africa: Land Tenure and Property Rights online educational tool. In Mali, many of the urban poor face tenure insecurity which leaves them vulnerable to expropriation, landlessne

Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011

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.

Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011

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.

Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011

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.

Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011

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.

Reports & Research
January 2011

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.

Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2005

This document is a collection of briefs that summarizes select papers presented at the 2005 workshop: “Land Rights for African Development: From Knowledge to Action” hosted by UNDPs Drylands Development Center and the International Land Coalition. The workshop addressed key land tenure issues in Africa that influence food security, environmental sustainability, agricultural intensification, conflict, peace building and broader rural development.