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  1. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    January, 2014
    Global

    Recent years have seen renewed private and public sector interest in developing country agriculture. A new wave of large-scale acquisitions of farmland for plantation agriculture has taken place in Africa, Asia and Latin America, fuelled by changing agricultural commodity prices, expectations of rising land values and public policies to promote long-term food and energy security. Despite emerging evidence on certain features of these land deals, uncertainty still surrounds the actors, relations, processes and incentives involved.

  2. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    March, 2017
    Global

    Covering issues long considered to be within the exclusive preserve of national jurisdiction, the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure have created hopes among those working towards more just and effective resource governance. They have also raised questions about the place of international soft-law instruments in contemporary global governance, the processes through which these instruments are developed and implemented, and ultimately their effectiveness in influencing policy and practice.

  3. Library Resource
    Manuals & Guidelines
    January, 2013
    Global

  4. Library Resource
    Trends in global land use investment: implications for legal empowerment cover image
    Journal Articles & Books
    Reports & Research
    January, 2018
    Global

    From the mid-2000s, a commodity boom underpinned a wave of land use investments in low- and middle-income countries. While agribusiness, mining and petroleum concessions often involve promises of jobs and public revenues, they have also prompted concerns about land dispossession, exclusionary investment models and infringements of the rights of vulnerable groups. 

  5. Library Resource
    The participation of urban displaced populations in (in)formal markets: contrasting experiences in Kampala, Uganda cover image
    Journal Articles & Books
    Reports & Research
    August, 2017
    Uganda

    An estimated 60 per cent of the world’s 17 million refugees currently reside in cities, where they often lack access to financial assistance and legal protection.(1) In their absence, displaced populations depend on participation in formal and, more frequently, informal markets for livelihood generation.

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    Rethinking post-disaster relocation in urban India cover image
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    August, 2017
    India

    After natural disasters, governments often relocate vulnerable urban communities in the name of humanitarian relief. But urban communities rarely welcome such relocation, since it frequently exacerbates their daily challenges or creates new risks. Indeed, resettlement after a disaster is often another form of eviction. This briefing discusses the situation in Chennai, where state and local authorities have been building resettlement tenements on inland marsh areas using centrally sponsored schemes for affordable housing.

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    Cover photo
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    September, 2013
    Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia

    Large-scale land acquisitions are increasing in pace and scale, in particular across parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Weak governance and poor land use planning mean that commercial ‘land grabs’ often damage biodiversity as well as dispossessing people from customary rights and livelihoods. Land can also be ‘grabbed’ for ‘green’ purposes, triggering conflicts that undermine potential synergies. Expanded state protected areas, land for carbon offset markets and REDD, and for private conservation projects all potentially conflict with community rights.

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    Reports & Research
    December, 2016
    Tanzania

    Despite progressive provisions on gender equality in Tanzania’s land laws, women have little representation in land allocation decisions, including meetings of village councils and village assemblies. Mainstreaming gender in local regulations can help to address this problem.

  9. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    October, 2016
    South America, Africa, Europe, United States of America

    This yearbook chapter discusses the link between international investment law and commercial pressures on the world’s natural resources. It argues that changes in legal frameworks are redefining control over natural resources, and facilitating transitions toward more commercialised land relations. As pressures on resources increase, many national laws undermine the rights of people impacted by investments. If not properly thought through, international treaties to protect foreign investment could compound shortcomings of local and national governance.

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