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Relatório Violência Contra os Povos Indígenas do Brasil – dados de 2020

Reports & Research
September, 2021
América Latina e Caribe
América do Sul

O Relatório Violência Contra os Povos Indígenas do Brasil – dados de 2020, publicado anualmente pelo Conselho Indigenista Missionário (Cimi), apre- senta o retrato de um ano trágico para os povos originários no país. A grave crise sanitária provocada pela pandemia do coronavírus, ao contrário do que se poderia esperar, não impediu que grileiros, garimpeiros, madeireiros e outros invasores intensificassem ainda mais suas investidas sobre as terras indígenas.

How to Identify and Shift Harmful Gender Norms in the Context of Land and Natural Resources

Policy Papers & Briefs
August, 2021

USAID programs and Missions implement activities that improve land rights, support inclusive land and resource governance, build resilient livelihoods, and promote women’s empowerment. This brief explores the relationship between gender norms and women’s land rights, introducing key social norms concepts and tools to identify and shift harmful norms in the context of land and natural resources.

Women’s land rights: Customary rules and formal laws in the pastoral areas of Ethiopia – complementary or in conflict?

Reports & Research
June, 2021

Land in Ethiopia is held by the state, who acts as a custodian for the Ethiopian people. Even though it is the state which controls land ownership, farmers and pastoralists are guaranteed a lifetime ‘holding’ right that provides rights to use the land, rent it out, donate, inherit and sharecrop it. Everything except sell and mortgage it. On paper and under existing formal laws, women have equal rights to men as far as use and control of and access to land is concerned.

Strategies To Address Challenges In Customary Land Administration, Governance And Dispute Resolution In Papua New Guinea

Reports & Research
June, 2021
Papua New Guinea

Customary land is increasingly recognised as an important governance issue in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The aim of this paper is to identify challenges associated with land administration, land governance and land
dispute resolution in PNG as perceived by stakeholders; and to find potential strategies for promoting bankable
customary land titles. From the 2019 National Land Summit, a need for a new approach that is theoretically
better anchored in the current debate on bankable customary land leases has been identified. This paper builds

Land, Law and Chiefs in Rural South Africa

Journal Articles & Books
April, 2021
South Africa
South America

Land, Law and Chiefs in Rural South Africa analyses contestations of power and control over land through the lens of local case studies in the densely settled former African ‘homelands’ or Bantustans. These were areas reserved for African occupation by the apartheid government and when the ANC came to power in 1994, they were the poorest and least developed parts of the country. Over the last few decades, mineral deposits have been exploited and some are located close to the boundaries of rapidly expanding cities, such as Durban, where peri-urban land is at a premium.

How Many and Which Women Own Land in India? Inter-gender and Intra-gender Gaps

Peer-reviewed publication
March, 2021

Measuring gender inequality in land ownership is essential for assessing progress in women’s economic empowerment, tracing the impact of progressive laws on actual practice, and monitoring SDG 5 on gender equality. To effectively assess inter-gender (male-female) gaps in land ownership, however, requires multiple measures. We also need to know which women are more likely to own land by tracing intra-gender differences. To date, no study on India has provided a full range of measures on inter-gender inequality in land ownership or focused on intra-gender variations.

Rolling back social and environmental safeguards in the name of COVID-19

Reports & Research
February, 2021

The webinar Rolling back social and environmental safeguards in the name of COVID-19, organized by Forest Peoples Programme, the Tenure FacilityMiddlesex University, the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Land Portal Foundation, took place on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Global leaders increasingly recognize that land rights for indigenous and local communities are a prerequisite for achieving national and international goals for forest governance, food security, climate mitigation, economic development and human rights.

LAND-at-scale Zimbabwe

Policy Papers & Briefs
January, 2021

In this onepager, you can find details on the LAND-at-scale project in Zimbabwe. This project is implemented by FAO and BEAT, and financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. 

-- This project was discontinued in 2022 -- 

Persistence and Change in Customary Tenure Systems in Myanmar

Reports & Research
December, 2020

Based on a broad review of the existing documentation, the study describes the diversity of customary tenure systems in various regions of Myanmar; it looks at what they have in common and how they differ. It investigates the processes that affect or weaken the community jurisdiction over their lands and resources. It is intended as a resource for policymakers who are looking at recognizing and protecting the customary rights of rural communities.