Cameroon is part of a global trend towards large-scale investments in infrastructure, agriculture, extractive industries, industrial facilities and real estate that are displacing many people. Deeming these projects in the public interest, governments often acquire land by expropriating locally-held land rights. But compulsory land acquisition has severe economic, social and cultural impacts for families and communities.
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Library ResourceDocumentos de política y resúmenesEnero, 2018Camerún
Library ResourceDocumentos de política y resúmenesJulio, 2019Camerún
Cameroon’s current land law appears to have two conflicting objectives: to attract investors through large-scale land concessions while simultaneously protecting biodiversity, defending local people’s rights and promoting rural development. But the legislation governing large-scale land-based investments is outdated and sometimes incoherent. The land allocation process is investor driven and does not appropriately balance economic, social or environmental considerations.
Library ResourceRecursos y herramientas de capacitaciónOctubre, 2016Global
Library ResourceInformes e investigacionesEnero, 2014Global
This report draws on 10 case studies of recent large-scale land deals and aims to improve understanding of the investment chains that underpin the deals, and to identify ‘pressure points’ for effective public action to ensure that investments respond to local and national development agendas and promote inclusive sustainable development. The findings of this research demonstrate the wide scope for strategies to be targeted at diverse actors, by a wide range of players, to ensure that investments uphold the Voluntary Guidelines (VGGT).
Library ResourceArtículos de revistas y librosMarzo, 2017Global
This article reflects on the Tenure Guidelines as a tool for addressing resource governance challenges. It outlines the process through which the Tenure Guidelines were developed and reviews key features of their content, and then focuses on two issues: the legal significance of the VGGT, and the nature of initiatives to advance their implementation.
Library ResourceManual y guíasEnero, 2013Global
This guide offers a three-point framework for companies seeking to integrate FPIC principles into their policies and apply them in the operations. This includes
• complying with the requirements for FPIC under international and national law,
• implementing FPIC principles throughout the project life-cycle, and
• extending FPIC processes to all project-affected communities in line with good practice guidance. It also seeks to
• articulate the relevance of FPIC to company policy and practice, and
Library ResourceArtículos de revistas y librosInformes e investigacionesEnero, 2018Global
From the mid-2000s, a commodity boom underpinned a wave of land use investments in low- and middle-income countries. While agribusiness, mining and petroleum concessions often involve promises of jobs and public revenues, they have also prompted concerns about land dispossession, exclusionary investment models and infringements of the rights of vulnerable groups.
Library ResourceArtículos de revistas y librosInformes e investigacionesAgosto, 2017Uganda
An estimated 60 per cent of the world’s 17 million refugees currently reside in cities, where they often lack access to financial assistance and legal protection.(1) In their absence, displaced populations depend on participation in formal and, more frequently, informal markets for livelihood generation.
Library ResourceDocumentos de política y resúmenesSeptiembre, 2013África, América Latina y el Caribe, Asia
Large-scale land acquisitions are increasing in pace and scale, in particular across parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Weak governance and poor land use planning mean that commercial ‘land grabs’ often damage biodiversity as well as dispossessing people from customary rights and livelihoods. Land can also be ‘grabbed’ for ‘green’ purposes, triggering conflicts that undermine potential synergies. Expanded state protected areas, land for carbon offset markets and REDD, and for private conservation projects all potentially conflict with community rights.
Library ResourceInformes e investigacionesDiciembre, 2016Tanzania
Despite progressive provisions on gender equality in Tanzania’s land laws, women have little representation in land allocation decisions, including meetings of village councils and village assemblies. Mainstreaming gender in local regulations can help to address this problem.
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