Land acquisitions and rights blogs
14 June 2013
The G8 leaders meet in Northern Ireland on June 17, with the UK in the chair, and trade, tax, and transparency as the text. It’s a revolutionary agenda, if seen through to the end.
1 May 2013
A recent US judgment is a setback in efforts to improve corporate accountability, but promising developments elsewhere are creating new opportunities.
19 April 2013
A new dam in Niger could generate electricity, create thousands of hectares of irrigated land and guarantee water for domestic use and fisheries. But making sure the dam benefits everyone is a complicated business.
17 April 2013
Greater transparency was a key theme at the World Bank land conference last week. Transparency is critical, but without greater accountability to local communities it is not enough.
11 March 2013
Land tenure relations are changing fast, but no one is asking how these drastic changes will transform the lives of Ugandans who depend on land for their identity, social status and livelihoods.
8 March 2013
A new Canada-Benin investment treaty contains more balanced provisions than most. But a real shift in treaty making requires African governments and civil society to seek a better deal for themselves.
6 December 2012
Agricultural investment policies favour big businesses, a new report shows. We must reshape them so investments meet local people's needs.
1 November 2012
Lessons need to be learned to transform the African ‘resource curse’ into a ‘resource blessing’ and to mitigate against the negative impacts of large land-based investments on the continent.
24 October 2012
Given the challenges, developing rigorous methods to assess how the rush for land is exacerbating land scarcity and affecting people locally is perhaps the most promising way to measure the scale of the problem.
5 April 2012
Thirty kilometers east of Serengeti National Park, a cluster of people draped in red ‘shuka’ (the iconic red checkered cloths often worn by the Maasai) dots the golden acacia woodlands and short g