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Rapid Response Mechanisms

Manuals & Guidelines
Avril, 2024
Global

Often, approaches to investment-related land rights violations are reactive, rather than proactive and preventative: legal support is usually provided after communities have been negatively impacted, displaced or evicted — and after lives have been lost, property destroyed, local waters and soils polluted, and communities devastated. In such cases, legal support has a limited chance of reversing the damage caused.

Double dispossession? A history of land and mining in South Africa's former homelands

Reports & Research
Mars, 2022
South Africa

 

This is the PDF version of an online data story published by Land Portal on 28 April 2022.


Colonial and apartheid land dispossession in South Africa was the most extensive of any country in sub-saharan Africa. Despite a land reform programme initiated after the transition to democracy in 1994, equitable access to land remains an unresolved question in both urban and rural areas.

Urban Planning, Institutional Pluralism, And Indigenous Belief Systems In Peri-Urban Ghana In The Era Of Land Commoditisation

Décembre, 2021
Ghana
Norway

Context and backgroundColonial legacy and the continuous implementation of neoliberal policies have led to the creation of institutional pluralism in the planning of customary land in peri-urban areas in Ghana. During land commoditisation, peri-urban customary land planning regularly involves physical planning authorities, traditional authorities, and private surveyors. The community members are rarely involved in the planning of their communities, and the planning often leads to the eviction of the community members from their ancestral land.

Zambia’s chiefs champion gender equality in land and natural resource governance

Août, 2021
Zambia

With the pandemic striking higher in Uganda;poor families continue to be forced off their land by their government and investors despite several directives halting evictions during the COVID period. Cites a number of examples. In the latest looming evictions;the Uganda government is evicting more than 35,000 artisanal miners in the Kisita mines in Kassanda district.

LAND RIGHTS FOR THE UNTITLED POOR: TESTING A BUSINESS MODEL, 2012–2021

Reports & Research
Juin, 2021
Indonesia
Global

For the estimated 70% of the world population that lives on property without a formal land title, life can be precarious. The absence of ownership documentation raises families’ vulnerability to forced eviction and conflict; it precludes the use of the property to access financial services and other economic benefits; and it diminishes the value of property by restricting its transfer to an informal, opaque market. And yet, in many parts of the world, the process of obtaining a land title is not only expensive but also complicated and sometimes nearly impossible.

Pastoralisme et violence en Afrique du Nord et de l'Ouest

Journal Articles & Books
Juin, 2021
Afrique septentrionale
Afrique occidentale
Cette étude examine l’évolution géographique et temporelle de la violence impliquant les communautés pastorales. Elle s’appuie sur l’analyse de plus de 36 000 évènements violents en Afrique du Nord et de l’Ouest entre janvier 1997 et avril 2020 dans lesquels 206 groupes pastoraux ont été impliqués, pour identifier au niveau régional des schémas plus larges de violence pastorale au cours des deux dernières décennies. Celle-ci s’est intensifiée dans la région, comme en témoigne la forte croissance du nombre d’événements et de victimes cette dernière décennie.

What the Commission of Inquiry into Ancestral Land Rights and Restitution Claims Found

Avril, 2021
Namibia

In Uganda land remains the most sought–after natural resource;but legal and structural mechanisms have not been effective in addressing illegal land evictions faced by vulnerable communities. Most local investors have taken advantage of the structural gaps in land administration which have exacerbated the issuance of multiple titles. This has been compounded by Uganda’s weak justice system and excesses perpetrated by some police officers and the military. In recent times Uganda has witnessed catastrophic forced evictions across the country.

Local communities face to land expropriation and evictions in the era of major structural projects and territorial regulation in Southern Cameroon: An analysis of the outlines of a controversial phenomenon

Peer-reviewed publication
Octobre, 2020
Terres australes et antarctiques françaises

Both land expropriation and eviction constitute a threat to the properties and life of local communities. In Southern Cameroon, the phenomenon has increased with the implementation of structural projects to ensure the emergence of Cameroon by 2035 and the resumption of the control of urban space by the State. The aim of this article is to show how structural projects and the regulation of urbanization in big towns affect local communities.