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27 May 2019
Authors: 
Mr. Michael Odhiambo
Africa
Kenya
South Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda

The land sector is in the throes of the Global Data Revolution, which, of course, has created opportunities as well as challenges.  Government data portals, open access academic journals, community mapping and other citizen-generated data initiatives create possibilities for inclusive and open approaches to data collection and management.  But how can these opportunities be leveraged for real change and benefits to citizens?

Liberia_landsecurity
20 May 2019
Authors: 
Alfred Brownell
Africa
Liberia

This year's Goldman Environmental Prize winner says the battle for land rights in Liberia is just getting underway.  Alfred Brownell is the recipient of the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize and founder of Green Advocates an NGO and academic at Northeastern University School of Law

Walk the Talk:Rural women demand for accountability on land rights in Africa
15 January 2019
Authors: 
Fridah Githuku
Africa
Kenya

Rural women demand for accountability on land rights in Africa as we celebrate the second anniversary of the Kilimanjaro Initiative.

On December 11 2018, at the sidelines of the second ordinary session of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, a parliamentary network on gender equality in land, agricultural investments and food security was launched.

Women farmers use sticks to make holes in the soil for seeds, on a farm near Pangalengan, West Java, Indonesia, May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside
28 September 2018
Authors: 
Lukasz Czerwinski
Africa
Tanzania
Latin America and the Caribbean
Brazil
South-Eastern Asia
India

In a saturated marketplace, food and beverage companies too often avoid addressing land rights issues.

16 August 2018
Africa
Mozambique

“We, the poor.” This is how Francisco Chicompa introduces the peasant families who live in Napai II, a village in the district of Mecuburi, Nampula province in Mozambique. The label stuck like glue: poor is what they were called, and so poor is what they were.  Despite this, the land in the region has provided food for him, his wife and his eleven children. The land has provided money to buy clothes and sent the children to school. The land has held memories of his ancestors, which he was of course obliged to pass on, intact, to future generations.

16 August 2018
Authors: 
Ms. Muchaneta Mundopa
Africa
Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, Transparency International has been working extensively on land governance issues, and what has emerged is that women are often coerced to engage in sexual acts with a male person in authority in order to have access to land.  Land is a form of property and a source of livelihood for most people in Zimbabwe.  Both men and women find themselves one way or another being coerced to engage in corruption, mostly bribery to own a piece of land both in the urban and rural/communal areas. However, women are often subjected to sextortion in the quest to own land.

17 July 2018
Authors: 
Stacey Zammit
Africa

This week’s High Level Political Forum, has been an almost dizzying extravaganza, featuring hundreds of side events and welcoming delegates from countries around the world.  Taking place at UN Headquarters in New York City, the Forum’s participants have thus far delved into some of the world’s most complex ecological, economic and social problems. From peace and security, to human rights and development, the High Level Political Forum has been covering it all. 

16 July 2018
Authors: 
Dr. Emmanuel Urey
Mr. Tyler Roush
Africa
Liberia

In the fading afternoon light, Kou Berpa leads a small group out to a patch of land a short distance off of the main road in Ganta, Liberia.

The land is strewn with rocks and dried vegetation. The jagged remains of a tree stump consume one corner. It’s easy to miss the green shoots scattered across the grounds – the beginnings of a crop of corn that Kou has planted.

A woman holding her land certificate in rural Zambia. © Jeremy Green
6 March 2018
Authors: 
M. Mercedes Stickler
Africa
Rwanda
Uganda
Benin
Ghana
Ivory Coast

There is broad global agreement that secure property rights help eradicate poverty and that securing women’s land rights reduces gender inequality.

Photo: yaruman5 / Flickr
19 January 2018
Authors: 
Andy White
Africa
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Western Africa
Global

2018 could be transformative for the indigenous and community land rights movement, with unprecedented opportunities for scaling up rights recognition around the world.

Global
Africa

Property rights are a global concern that needs to be understood by all of us, write Monique Villa & Peter Rabley

Global
Africa
Kenya
Uganda
Latin America and the Caribbean
Colombia
Peru
Asia
Indonesia
Nepal

The recent World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, held this past March in Washington D.C., provided a unique opportunity to reflect on collective land tenure reforms not only from a research point of view, but also from that of governments.

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