In 2018, Global Witness found that Guatemala had experienced the highest increase in the number of murders of land and environmental defenders of any country in the world. Last year alone, the president of the village chapter of the Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (CODECA), a national organization of social movements led by indigenous people who work for the recognition of land rights, was murdered, as well as four of his colleagues. Many of these murders occurred in the municipality of Izabal.
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Library ResourceConference Papers & ReportsJanuary, 2020Guatemala
Library ResourceInstitutional & promotional materialsSeptember, 2019Ethiopia, Peru, Laos, Global
This brochure presents recent digital innovations that enable a more effective, efficient and transparentin land management. It refers to examples in Peru, Ethiopia and Laos.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchAugust, 2019Tanzania, Jamaica, Global
lack of transparency in the land and property sector prevents individuals, communities and governments from unlocking the value of the property as an asset, and undermines policies and legal frameworks that aim to provide land tenure security, potentially leading to a misallocation of rights. In fact, land governance is ranked among the sectors in which people are most likely to pay bribes for access to services, according to Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchAugust, 2019Kenya, South Africa, Guatemala, Honduras, United States of America, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Global
A community’s choice to give, or withhold, their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to a project or activity planned to take place on their land is a recognized right of Indigenous peoples under international law. It is also a best practice principle that applies to all communities affected by projects or activities on the land, water and forests that they rely on.
Library ResourceVideosFebruary, 2019Africa, Americas, Asia
For people around the world, land is more than a commodity to be bought and sold, de
Library ResourcePolicy Papers & BriefsJune, 2011Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Western Africa, Africa, Global, Central America, Eastern Asia, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean, South-Eastern Asia
Ownership and control over assets such as land and housing provide direct and indirect benefits to individuals and households, including a secure place to live, the means of a livelihood, protection during emergencies, and collateral for credit that can be used for investment or consumption. Unfortunately, few studies - either at the micro or macro levels- examine the gender dimensions of asset ownership. This paper sets out a framework for researchers who are interested in collecting data on individual level asset ownership and analyzing the gender asset gap.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchPolicy Papers & BriefsDecember, 2008Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean
Brazil grew 2.4 percent per year on average in the last 25 years-somewhat less than Latin America, a good deal less than the world, far less than the emerging countries of Asia in the same period, and indeed far less than Brazil itself in previous decades. If anything stands out favorably in recent Brazilian experience, it is not growth but stabilization and the successful opening of the economy. The purpose of this paper is more modest.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchPolicy Papers & BriefsApril, 2011Latin America and the Caribbean
This paper explores how the private sector can positively contribute to peace-building and conflict prevention, and how that positive private sector role can be supported and enhanced. The starting premise recognizes that the private sector exists in all conflict situations and has the potential to both exacerbate and ameliorate conflict, the outcome of which can be greatly affected by appropriate support from external partners.
Library ResourceConference Papers & ReportsMay, 1999Latin America and the Caribbean
James D. Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank Group, reassessed the global financial architecture and its impact on Latin America. Latin American countries, being small economies, are very vulnerable to world pressures. After a huge drop in private sector finance, we’re seeing the first signs of return. What we need now is greater transparency and supervision in banking and the private sector—and a better common set of principles and standards. We need decent government, trained government, with capacity at all levels. We need legal systems that work.
Library ResourceConference Papers & ReportsNovember, 2011Global, Sub-Saharan Africa, Americas, Central Asia, Europe
Unprecedented pressures on land and its governance have been created. As evident around the globe, where land governance is deficient, high levels of corruption often flourish. Under such a system, land distribution is unequal, tenure is insecure, and natural resources are poorly managed.
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