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In Liberia, issues around land and natural resources are at the core of peace, prosperity, and reconstruction. After the civil wars (1989-1997, 1999-2003) – fueled in part by conflicts over land and natural resource rights and funded with timber and diamonds—the country underwent a long comprehensive reform period that resulted in the Land Rights Act of 2018. The new land law is celebrated as a milestone in the whole region, promoting equitable access to land and resources, tenure security, investment, and development. 
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Golden Veroleum Liberia Comes under Spotlight Again for not Living Up to MOU

Golden Veroleum Liberia Comes under Spotlight Again for not Living Up to MOU

12 August 2021

IPNEWS – Monrovia: Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and Milieudefensie, a Dutch NGO, have accused the oil palm company Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) of not living up the full commitment of the memorandum of understanding it signed with communities in within its concession areas. At a press…

Job Opportunities: Land Portal Seeks Researchers and Analysts for Open Data Project

27 July 2021

The Land Portal Foundation and Open Data Charter intend to implement the Open Up Guide for Land Governance in the period 2021 - 2024. As part of this project, we seek to develop State of Land Information (SOLI) reports for 10-12 countries in Africa and Latin America. The SOLI reports will provide…

Job Opportunity: Technical Data Analyst Consultant for Liberia

9 July 2021

LAND PORTAL FOUNDATION Organizational profile The Land Portal exists to nurture a vibrant online platform to inform and engage with partners, promoting open data and the sharing of best practices and stimulating debate and collaboration both on and offline. We provide a vital bridge for those…

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In 2018, the members of the 54th Legislature passed the long-awaited Land Rights Act that enacted the most progressive pro-community land reform law on the continent. It recognizes and protects customary land tenure and women’s rights to land.

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Liberia's Land Rights Law and the Worsening Dynamics of Land Grabs

Violated? Liberia's Land Rights Law and the Worsening Dynamics of Land Grabs

27 July 2021

The Land Rights Law (LRL), enacted on the 23rd of August 2018, was an impressive feat. It recognizes the land rights of all Liberians, especially rural communities who have historically been subject to mere user rights on their ancestral lands. The LRL protects the rights of communities to their…

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The Root of Inequality? Customary Tenure and Women’s Rights to Land in West Africa

  Background In much of West Africa, women are considered breadwinners responsible to provide food for the family. However, women do not only own less land but also face manifold obstacles in accessing land through transfers, inheritance, or lease. The tenure security of this groups has been…