From 2009-2015 Namati and partners CTV in Mozambique;LEMU in Uganda and SDI in Liberia supported more than 100 communities to document and protect their customary land rights. In late 2017 Namati evaluated the impacts the process had on communitiesresponses to outsiders seeking community lands and natural resources. Of the 61 communities assessed;46% had been approached by outside actors seeking community lands and natural resources since completing their land protection efforts. Overall;the stories clearly show how;on their own;community land protection initiatives did not adequately balance the significant power asymmetries inherent in interactions between rural communities and government officials;whether coming on their own behalf or accompanying potential investors. The stories described illustrate broad-based corruption that allows land to be claimed by powerful elites and government institutions with little regard for required legal procedures.
Authors and Publishers
International Land Coalition – ILC (Arantxa Guereña & Marc Wegerif
Mokoro is pleased to host the ’Land Rights in Africa’ site as a contribution to the land rights dialogue and related debates. This website was created in January 2000 by Robin Palmer, and was originally housed by Oxfam GB, where Robin worked as a Land Rights Adviser. A library of resources on land rights in Africa – with a particular focus on women’s land rights and on the impact of land grabbing in Africa – the portal has been well received by practitioners, researchers and policy makers, and has grown considerably over the years.