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In Liberia, issues around land and natural resources are at the core of peace, prosperity, and reconstruction. After the civil wars (1989-1997, 1999-2003) – fueled in part by conflicts over land and natural resource rights and funded with timber and diamonds—the country underwent a long comprehensive reform period that resulted in the Land Rights Act of 2018. The new land law is celebrated as a milestone in the whole region, promoting equitable access to land and resources, tenure security, investment, and development. 
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Liberia: Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) Under Fire, as 22 Communities Complained of Abuses

3 June 2020

MARGIBI COUNTY – Communities in Margibi and Bong Counties, represented by Green Advocates International (GAI) and three of its local partners, filed a complaint with the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), against the operations of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) in Margibi County (Liberia)…

COVID-19: An Alibi for more Oppression, Corporate Control and Destruction of Forests | Bulletin 250 – May/June 2020

1 June 2020

This special bulletin wants to pay tribute to the forest communities and peasant families around the world who despite all odds and difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic – including the movement restrictions imposed by governments and the corporate and elite profit-seeking abuses -, have still…

Community supervision of mineral prospecting in Tsumkwe District West, Namibia

Land and resource investment consultations in the time of COVID-19: The hazards of pressing on

24 May 2020

Companies are seeking to press ahead with investments on community lands or even take advantage of the pandemic to avoid the usual authorization requirements Communities in countries as diverse as the Philippines, Liberia, and Colombia are experiencing increased pressures on their lands and…

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In 2018, the members of the 54th Legislature passed the long-awaited Land Rights Act that enacted the most progressive pro-community land reform law on the continent. It recognizes and protects customary land tenure and women’s rights to land.

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6 Ways USAID is Investing in Women’s Land Rights

4 March 2021

Secure land and resource rights are critical for household wellbeing and livelihoods in many developing countries, where land is the principal asset for the rural poor. Despite women’s vital role in food production, they are less likely than men to own and control land. Forty percent of the world’s…

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The Root of Inequality? Customary Tenure and Women’s Rights to Land in West Africa

  Background In much of West Africa, women are considered breadwinners responsible to provide food for the family. However, women do not only own less land but also face manifold obstacles in accessing land through transfers, inheritance, or lease. The tenure security of this groups has been…