Land restitution carries implicit recognition of some previous claim to ownership, but when are first claims recognized? The concepts of first possession and original acquisition have long been used as entry points to Western concepts of property. For Austronesia, the concept of precedence is used in customary systems to justify and describe land claims and Indigenous authority. Conflict and political change in Timor-Leste have highlighted the co-existence of multiple understandings of land claims and their legitimacy.
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Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationAugust, 2019Timor-Leste, South-Eastern Asia
Library ResourceJanuary, 2013Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Oceania, Eastern Asia
The series of studies discussed in this overview pull together updated information about large-scale land acquisitions in the region, with the aim of identifying trends, common threats, divergences and possible solutions. As well as summarising trends in investment, trade, crop development and land tenure arrangements, the studies focus on the land tenure and human rights challenges.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchTraining Resources & ToolsMay, 2016Timor-Leste
This report responds to a request from the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) and Dr. Mari Alkatiri. The request was for World Bank assistance to collaborate on a range of studies relating to opportunities in the special economic zone, including community development, trade and competitiveness, and regional integration. The analysis builds on a situation analysis prepared by the Zona Especial de Economia Social de Mercado (ZEESM) authority in March 2014.
Library ResourceOctober, 2015Timor-Leste
This country program evaluation (CPE)
assesses the outcomes of the World Bank Group (WBG) program
in Timor-Leste during the review period (2000 to 2010). The
WBG’s strategy during this period was to support the
government of the nascent country in three broad areas: (a)
poverty alleviation and the provision of basic social
services, including health and education; (b) development of
state institutions, including creating good governance and
Library ResourcePolicy Papers & BriefsThailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Christmas Island, Timor-Leste, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
More than 40 organisations collaborated in this global research project through
case studies, thematic studies, and regional overviews,
from which the content and analysis of this report are
drawn. Several organisations, in particular SWAC, Oxfam
and RRI, contributed significantly out of their own
resources. The writing of this report involved an initial
writing workshop in November 2010 with co-authors
and contributing authors, and a second in June 2011
with co-authors. This report also draws on the extensive
Library ResourceReports & ResearchDecember, 2012Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Christmas Island, Timor-Leste, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
This review, prepared for the Special Rapporteur to Brazil, Raquel Rolnik, seeks to present a summary of the issues involved in addressing tenure security and insecurity. The report discuses adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination. In doing so, it reports on many studies and published sources, but also draws on personal experience. Prepared for an expert group meeting on Security of Tenure convened by the Special Rapporteur on 22-23 October 2012.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchDecember, 2006Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Christmas Island, Timor-Leste, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
"This study highlights lessons from recent policy, law and practice to improve and secure access to rural land for poorer groups. It focuses on Africa, Latin America and Asia, while also referring to experience from Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchDecember, 2013Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
During 2012, a key choice facing developing countries revealed itself ever more starkly. Would they choose a development path built on inclusiveness, respect for the rights of their citizens, and the rule of law? Or would they seek a short-cut to development and opt to hand over community land and natural resources to international investors and national elites? Would they turn their rural citizens from landowners into landless laborers?
Library ResourceReports & ResearchDecember, 2016
This report reveals new links between Australia's big four banks and three land grabbing case studies previously documented in Oxfam's 2014 report Banking on Shaky Ground. The new report also provides evidence that, even after Oxfam first alerted the banks to their exposure to land grabs, all four banks committed tens of millions of dollars in loan facilities to the agribusiness firm Cargill. A former subsidiary of Cargill acquired large tracts of land in Colombia’s Altillanura region that had been set aside by law for family farming.
Library ResourceOctober, 2012Somalia, Timor-Leste
In many countries affected by conflict, households and entire communities have often been displaced multiple times, forcing them to leave behind land and property. One household’s loss becomes another one’s gain as internally displaced people are shuffled around and squat in any available space that provides a temporary reprieve from the insecurity and lawlessness. This creates opportunities for land grabbing as well.
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