dispossession

25 October 2017
Cambodia

The government had reclassified four economic land concessions as state property, reclaiming almost 20,000 hectares earlier handed to private firms to use for rubber plantations.

A sub-decree issued on August 31 said the land in Kratie, Kampong Thom and Ratanakkiri provinces was to be taken back from four companies following an Agriculture Ministry proposal in March.

The companies were all supposed to develop rubber plantations, but failed to do so, clearing the land and then abandoning it.

Reports & Research
September 2011
Uganda

London-based New Forests Company (NFC) would seem to be the design blueprint of how a young modern company should conduct a major land investment in Africa in a responsible way. Oxfam’s investigations reveal that serious allegations by people who were evicted from land to make way for NFC’s operations remain unresolved. How will the company respond?

Conference Papers & Reports
September 2017
Africa
Nigeria

This article was submitted for the UN Economic Commission for Africa “2017 Conference on Land Policy in Africa” Nov. 14-17 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This article sheds light on a series of events that triggered escalating tensions over land and resources in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nigeria. This article provides an in-depth analysis of Nigeria’s laws on expropriation and the processes of acquiring land and compensating landholders in the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) case. Specifically, the analysis addresses the following research questions:

As States Create Land Banks for Private Investors, Conflicts Erupt Across India
19 September 2017
India

State governments are building land banks, using both private and common lands, to attract investment in manufacturing and infrastructure, but at the cost of people’s rights.

13 September 2017
Global

More precious than gold: 10 years of indigenous land rights under the UN Declaration

en years ago today, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

zimbabwe urban agriculture
22 August 2017
Zimbabwe

White farmers who were forcibly dispossessed of their property in Zimbabwe are suing President Robert Mugabe, claiming the government owes them compensation.

Mugabe’s government introduced a controversial land reform program in 2000 that led to squatters invading and seizing the majority of white-owned farms across the southern African country. The seizures were often violent, and resulted in the murder of multiple white farmers.

Videos
January 2016
South Africa

Dr Mulaudzi is a lecturer in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. In this presentation made as part of a 4.5 day course on the political economy of land, mining and rural democracy in South Africa he critically examines different perspectives on the 1913 and 1936 Land Acts.