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Securing Land-Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa: What are the Issues and Bottlenecks?

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Securing Land-Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa: What are the Issues and Bottlenecks?

Seminar with Ph.D. Lasse Krantz co-arranged by LARRI (Land Rights Research Initiative) and the Global Sustainability Studies Seminar Series at School of Global Studies, Univeristy of Gothenburg.

What Seminar
When May 21, 2015 10:15 AM to
May 21, 2015 12:00 PM
Where Room A319 at School of Global Studies - Annedalsseminariet, Campus Linné, Seminariegatan 1A in Gothenburg.
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About the seminar:
The rapidly escalating demand for land for large-scale commercial investments in Sub-Saharan Africa has also resulted in an increased awareness of the importance of securing local people’s tenure rights to the land they depend on for their livelihoods. The conventional approach for securing property rights to land is by establishing a system of private ownership through individual titling. This approach has been tried in several African countries over the years but with mixed results. Therefore, since the end of the 1990s, there has been a shift of thinking regarding land tenure policy in Africa paying attention also to the legal recognition and formalization of already existing customary rights and communal tenure systems. Also these latter approaches however contain certain challenges, which need to be tackled in order for these to have an inclusive and equitable outcome at the local level.

These and other related issues are discussed by Ph.D. Lasse Krantz, guest-researcher at the Department of Economy and Society at GU and project leader of LARRI, based on his recently published working paper on the same topic. The presentation will be illustrated by examples from his on-going research on the implementation of the land tenure reform in Mozambique.  

Read the related Working Paper in Human Geography written by Lasse Krantz: "Securing Customary Land Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa: Learning from new approaches to land tenure reform"

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