property law

property regulation

Property law is the generic term within which falls the legal framework dealing with property, its use, ownership, regulation and disposition. As such, property law applies both to real property and personal property, and is distinguished from land law which applies only to real property.

Reports & Research
Policy Papers & Briefs
December 2011
Eastern Asia

Doing Business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations. It measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 10 areas in the life cycle of a business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.

Will formalising property rights reduce poverty in South Africa’s ‘second economy’?
Policy Papers & Briefs
October 2005
South Africa

De Soto’s influential book The mystery of capital offers a simple yet beguiling message: capitalism can be made to work for the poor, through formalising their property rights in houses, land and small businesses. This approach resonates strongly in the South African context, where private property works well for those who inhabit the so-called ‘first economy’. Evidence from South Africa, however, suggests that many of de Soto’s policy prescriptions may be inappropriate for the poorest and most vulnerable in our society, and have negative impacts on their security and well-being.

O ministro da Agricultura, Luís Capoulas Santos Foto  Inês Gomes Lourenço
26 June 2017

O ministro da Agricultura, Capoulas Santos, classificou esta terça-feira de ineficaz a legislação do anterior Governo que permitiria identificar os proprietários de terrenos florestais sem dono conhecido, numa reação a críticas da líder do CDS/PP, Assunção Cristas.

"Essa legislação, produzida pela doutora Assunção Cristas [ex-ministra da Agricultura] e que nós queremos agora alterar para melhor, foi de tal modo ineficaz que, em três anos, apenas permitiu identificar dois prédios sem dono conhecido", disse esta sexta-feira aos jornalistas Capoulas Santos

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Journal Articles & Books
January 2014

Property taxation has a long history of implementation in Dar es Salaam; yet Local Government Authorities (LGAs) ability to raise revenue through property tax has remained low. This article examines various initiatives by the government to develop a functional property tax system capable of generating sufficient revenue for the LGAs. It observes that while there have been efforts to develop the capacity of LGAs in exploiting the property tax revenue source, the tax base coverage and revenue collection levels are still critical, calling for more attention.

26 April 2017


Overseas Development Institute
203 Blackfriars Road
SE1 8NJ London
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

The fourth UK Land Policy Forum will take place at the Overseas Development Institute on 26 April, 1:00pm – 5:00pm.


For those planning to join in person:

21 April 2017

O Presidente guineense, José Mário Vaz, avisou hoje que deu ordens ao ministro da Agricultura para expropriar campos agrícolas às pessoas que não os querem trabalhar e dá-los a quem os cultive.

"Vou avisar aos que têm bolanhas (campos de cultivo de arroz), mas que não querem trabalhar, que esses lugares lhes serão retirados para dar a quem os quer lavrar", disse José Mário Vaz, num comício popular na localidade de Ingoré, no norte do país, junto à fronteira com o Senegal.

Legislation & Policies
May 2014
South-Eastern Asia

Article 1: "This Decree details some articles of the Law on Land concerning compensation, support, and resettlement upon land expropriation by the State."