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  1. Library Resource
    April, 2012
    Albania

    Albania's radical farmland
    distribution is credited with averting an economic crisis
    and social unrest during the transition. But many believe it
    led to a holding structure too fragmented to be efficient,
    and that public efforts to consolidate plots are needed to
    lay the foundation for greater rural productivity. This
    paper uses farm-level data from the 2005 Albania Living
    Standards Measurement Survey to explore this quantitatively.

  2. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    May, 2012
    Vietnam

    The policy reforms called for in the
    transition from a socialist command economy to a developing
    market economy bring both opportunities and risks to a
    country's citizens. In poor economies, the initial
    focus of reform efforts is naturally the rural sector, which
    is where one finds the bulk of the population and almost all
    the poor. Economic development will typically entail moving
    many rural households out of farming into more remunerative

  3. Library Resource
    June, 2012

    This book examines issues at the
    forefront of the debate on land law reform, pays particular
    attention to how reform options affect the poor and
    disadvantaged, and recommends strategies for alleviating
    poverty more effectively through land law reform. It reviews
    the role of the World Bank in land law reform, examining
    issues of process as well as substance. It also identifies
    key challenges and directions, and stresses the need to

  4. Library Resource
    June, 2012
    Liberia

    To implement the vision of fostering
    economic development, social equity, and a transparent and
    effective government, the Government of Liberia has outlined
    key transitions that need to be accomplished. These include
    the development of infrastructure (roads, electricity),
    schools, job creation and transition from war, civil
    conflict and social polarization to a well functioning
    society in which economic opportunities are fostered and

  5. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    June, 2007
    Afghanistan

    The purpose of this report is to review
    and assess Afghanistan's legal framework regulating
    social safeguards (national and local laws, regulations,
    procedures and policies) with special reference to the law
    and practice of compulsory land acquisition, or
    expropriation. The overall objective of the report is to
    consider how Afghanistan's legal framework would
    address social safeguard issues in upcoming World Bank

  6. Library Resource
    June, 2012

    Municipal land sales provide one option for financing urban infrastructure investment. In countries where land is owned by the public sector, land is by far the most valuable asset on the municipal balance sheet. Selling land or long-term leasing rights to land use while investing the proceeds in infrastructure facilities can be viewed as a type of portfolio asset adjustment. This paper shows that in China many municipalities have financed more than half of their high rates of infrastructure investment from land sales, for periods of 10 to 15 years.

  7. Library Resource
    August, 2012

    On Boxing Day morning, 2004, a 9.3
    magnitude earthquake struck the Indian Ocean. The quake
    unleashed a blast of energy and created a tsunami three
    stories high. The disaster claimed more than 228,000 lives,
    affected 2.5 million others and caused close to US $11.4
    billion of damage in 14 countries. By far the highest price
    was paid by Aceh, where more people died than in all the
    other countries combined. In Banda Aceh, the capital of the

  8. Library Resource
    July, 2013
    Colombia

    Unequal land distribution and the
    negative social and economic implications resulting from
    such polarization in Colombia have long been of concern to
    policymakers. A 1950 World Bank mission identified unequal
    land distribution as a key impediment to economic and social
    development in the country. Since then, a wide range of
    policies has been adopted to deal with this issue and its
    consequences. Numerous studies show that the success of

  9. Library Resource
    August, 2012
    Timor-Leste

    This report examines land access,
    disputes, and dispute resolution in Timor-Leste, using
    findings from the justice module included in an extension of
    the 2007 Timor-Leste Survey of Living Standards (TLSLS2) and
    a review of relevant social-science literature. The
    extension survey (TLSLSx) revisited a nationally
    representative subsample of the TLSLS2 between April and
    October 2008. The respondent for the justice module was

  10. Library Resource
    February, 2013
    Guinea, Guinea-Bissau

    The present study reports on the
    Government of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau's efforts
    to develop a comprehensive strategy for enhancing land
    rights security and achieving social and economic
    development objectives. This report is divided into two main
    parts. The first part summarizes the current state of
    development of the government s land policy, as well as the
    legal and traditional framework existing for land tenure

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