Property Rights

Vietnamese households prosper more when women hold land title - study

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When women hold land title in rural Vietnam, their households are more prosperous, poverty is less and capital investment levels higher than in households where a man holds sole title, new research has found.

While family economic security improves under private land titling regardless of gender, the benefits are more marked when a woman’s name is on the document than only a man’s, researchers at Rutgers and Brandeis University found.

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January 2013

Urban LandMark debates improved access to urban land and property rights with DFID London

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Urban LandMark visited DFID London from 12 to 13 November 2012 to present the organisation' s recent work on and approach to improving access to urban land and property rights.The main objective of the visit was to showcase Urban LandMark's work, impact and lessons learnt over the last seven years to a broader, more global audience, as well as to a larger audience within DFID, Urban LandMark's main funder over the past six years.

Read more at http://www.urbanlandmark.org.za/newsletter/issue/0801/04.php

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January 2013

Subdividing the commons: The politics of property rights transformation in Kenya's Maasailand

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This paper discusses the internal processes and decisions that characterized the transition from collectively held group ranches to individualized property systems among the Maasai pastoralists of Kajiado district in Kenya. It addresses the question of why group ranch members would demand individualized property systems, but then turn against the outcome. In addressing this puzzle the paper discusses the process of land allocation and distribution during group ranch subdivision.

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January 2006

The Transformation of Property Rights in Kenya's Maasailand: Triggers and Motivations

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This paper explores the puzzle of why the pastoral Maasai of Kajiado, Kenya, supported the individualization of their collectively held group ranches, an outcome that is inconsistent with theoretical expectation. Findings suggest that individuals and groups will seek to alter property
rights in their anticipation of net gains from a new assignment, even as they seek to eliminate disadvantages that were present in the status quo property rights structure. Heightened perceptions of impending land scarcity, failures of collective decision making, the promise of

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January 2005

Pastoralists seasonal land rights in land administration

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A series of papers on land use administration, land use change, securing of rights to resources and other in Laikipia, Kenya.

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January 2011

Focus on Land in Africa: Mozambique Lesson Brief, Mozambique's Land Law

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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.

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January 2011

Focus on Africa: Kenya Lesson Brief, Government Control of Private Land Use

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This lesson brief looks at the government's control of private land use in Kenya.

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January 2011