At a recent meeting in Panama City representatives from more than 110 Transparency International chapters and members unanimously adopted a resolution calling for corruption-free land governance worldwide.

Around the world, one in five people report that they have paid a bribe for land services; but in Africa, every second client of land administration services is affected.

When land deals are shrouded in secrecy, when private land development interests are put ahead of the public’s needs, and when officials extort money for land services that should be for free, sustainability is compromised and human rights are violated. 

In response, Transparency International calls on:

  • All governments, businesses, civil society and the public to recognise that land corruption is a serious threat to all livelihoods.
  • All governments to identify weaknesses in administration systems that facilitate land corruption and seek solutions to support good land governance.
  • Businesses in the land sector to act responsibly, transparently and fairly when entering into deals with governments and traditional authorities. This must include public disclosure of beneficial ownership information.
  • Civil society and media to ensure the public are informed of their land rights; to expose wrongdoing; and to monitor government and business’s conduct in the land sector.
  • All governments and businesses to protect land corruption whistleblowers. This should include setting up or support for dedicated channels through which whistleblowers can report land corruption anonymously.
  • All citizens to be vigilant and report land corruption, resist paying bribes for land services, and demand accountability from political and traditional leaders in land affairs. 

Transparency International chapters and members also unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an end to the secrecy that enables corruption and contributes to inequality worldwide. Read the full text of both resolutions 

For more information, email Land Programme Lead Annette Jaitner ajaitner@transparency.org

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