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A paralegal speaks with community members in Mamusa community, Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone

A small band of grassroots advocates has been helping communities in Sierra Leone secure better deals for their land, says Sonkita Conteh, from paralegal organisation Namati

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Reports & Research
September 2004

The task at hand entails the critical review of the Land Laws of Tanzania, chiefly Act No.4 and Act No.5, 1999 and their subsequent revisions. This could not be done out of context, or by confining oneself solely to the statutes. It was pertinent to review the factors and processes that informed the legislation. Towards this end, an extensive literature review on various aspects related to land reforms in Tanzania was done.

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Reports & Research
December 2011

In light of persisting land use conflicts and marginal productivity on village lands, a research in the captioned topic was deemed necessary. This report makes a review of policies on land and livestock agriculture behind the backdrop of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania, policies on land and agriculture, and aspirations for land reform. Violations in land rights and prevailing tenure insecurity lasting for decades have skewed mindsets of many users and the land administrators. Policy implementation and enforcement are in dire need of enhancement.

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Conference Papers & Reports
March 2017

This preliminary study involved consultation of responsible district government officials and relevant Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on various issues related to land and investments. Among other areas, the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) was selected as a study site and study used the Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) to obtain information. Questionnaire designed reflected land investment  governance  process  thematic  areas.

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Policy Papers & Briefs
November 2011

Climate change and its implications on development in Tanzania should not be understated or ignored. Instead, discussions on our changing climate should begin with the recognition that climate change is undermining efforts to eradicate poverty. Yet, scientific complexities, jargon, uncertainties and debate have led to a general lack of understanding and confusion on how to address a changing climate, including policy prescriptions.

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National Policies
August 2011

El Instituto de Defensa Legal, la Fundación para el Debido Proceso Legal, la Clínica de Derechos Humanos de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Seattle, en colaboración con el Centro Amazónico de Antropología y Aplicación Práctica (CAAP), la Asociación Paz y Esperanza, la Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH), Derecho Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), la Asociación Servicios en Comunicación Intercultural y CARE Perú, solicitaron a la Honorable Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (en adelante CIDH, Comisión Interamericana, Honorable Comisión o Comisión) una audiencia p

Reports & Research
August 2016

Quila Quila refleja un caso de disputa de pueblos indígenas originarios ante el Estado, por la defensa de su territorio y reconocimiento de su autonomía. Sus luchas datan de la invasión española, han estado latentes durante la república, y se articulan a la disputa abierta por los territorios indígenas de fines de siglo XX, así como el cambio constitucional entre el 2006 y 2009.

Reports & Research
February 2016

Las autoridades campesinas de Zongo en la lucha por la defensa de su territorio demostraron que legítimamente son autoridades para ejercer justicia en sus territorios y en lugares donde la gente quiera acogerse a su jurisdicción, se abrió un camino para practicar su autodeterminación recuperando las tierras que había acaparado un empresario minero.

Reports & Research
November 2014

Se trata de un caso de restitución de territorios ancestrales, que reivindica el acceso a un territorio mayor al que el Estado republicano redujo en su división político administrativa. En su lucha por la consolidación territorial, la organización originaria genera mecanismos y consideraciones para garantizar el acceso a la tierra de sus comunidades, de las mujeres y las nuevas generaciones.