Assesses the process to establish a system of land registration and improve land tenure security, and its outcomes for poor and marginalised groups in Amhara, Ethiopia .The registration process is found to be generating conflict at the local level, due to illegal land grabbing, encroachments into common lands and land sales. Those who are likely to be marginalised by the ensuing disputes include:youth, for whom landlessness is a real concernmigrantswomen, especially divorceesthe elderlyThere is also a fear that land registration will lead to ‘privatising’ of the common lands, so important for the landless. For land registration to yield the anticipate benefits of tenure security and environmental conservation, the author conclude that more emphasis is needed on:awareness raisingcapacity building at woreda (district) and community levelssupport for conflict resolution mechanismswomen’s involvement in the processThis report forms part of a series of seven papers based on a research programme entitled “Securing Land Rights in Africa: Can land registration serve the poor?” led by IIED.
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