Breaking new ground: Insights and stories on the impact of land corruption on discriminated groups in Africa  | Land Portal
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Around the world, corruption denies people access to the land and resources they need to survive. Disadvantaged people and marginalized communities are particularly vulnerable to such practices. At the same time, there is ample evidence that discrimination - direct and indirect - on grounds ranging from disability to ethnicity and from gender to religion works to deny land rights to the most marginalized communities. In new research, Transparency International and the Equal Rights Trust document how corruption and discrimination intersect to undermine land rights in seven African countries. 





This webinar explored this intersection with stories from across the continent. Speakers showed how corruption undermines land equity programs designed to address the concentration of wealth and inequality in the land sector in South Africa, and how corruption exacerbates the historical marginalization of the Nubian community in Kenya, among other examples. Speakers also explored how governments and civil society can effectively respond to the research findings, with a focus on policies and campaigns that promote accountability and information transparency in land governance. 

This webinar was a partnership between Transparency International and Land Portal. The webinar took place in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish, with interpretation provided by TINTA.



Sharon Kiburi

Moderator: Sharon Kiburi, Multi-Media Data Journalist (Freelance ) & the East Africa Regional Network lead for the Africa-China Reporting Project (ACRP)


Naome Kabanda

Naome Kabanda, Acting Assistant Commissioner of the Land Inspectorate Division, Department of Land Administration, Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development of the Government of Uganda.


Barbara Coldispoti

Barbara Codspoti, Global Land Programme Lead, Oxfam Novib


Melusi Ncala

Melusi Ncala, Senior Researcher, Corruption Watch, South Africa


Sam Barnes

Sam Barnes, Senior Researcher, Equal Rights Trust


Explore our Land & Corruption Portfolio, written by By Nieves Zúñiga, and peer-reviewed by Alice Stevens and Jonathan Ochom from Transparency International.


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Corruption, Discrimination and Land Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Corruption, Discrimination and Land Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Abril, 2024
África, África subsariana, Quênia, Uganda, África do Sul

In 2021, Transparency International and the Equal Rights Trust published Defying Exclusion: Stories and Insights on the Links between Discrimination and Corruption. Bringing together a diverse group of case studies from across the globe, it documented and illustrated the mutually reinforcing links – the vicious cycle – between discrimination and corruption. Defying Exclusion marked the first attempt to systematically explore the phenomena we termed “discriminatory corruption”.

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Land & Korruption in Afrika


Das Vorhaben plant über eine enge Zusammenarbeit mit den nationalen Chaptern von TI in ausgewählten Ländern zu mehr Sicherheit bei Landrechten und zu einem fairen und gerechten Zugang zu Land beizutragen. Auch der Zugang zu Gerichtsbarkeit soll verbessert werden. Dafür sollen politische Analysen zu einem besseren Verständnis von Korruption im Landbereich führen.

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