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  1. Library Resource
    January, 2013
    Sub-Saharan Africa

    Based on worldwide experience and encouraging evidence from country pilots in African countries such as Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania,and Uganda, this new report suggests a series of ten steps that may help to revolutionise agricultural production and eradicate poverty in Africa. These steps include improving tenure security over individual and communal lands, increasing land access and tenure for poor and vulnerable families, resolving land disputes, managing better public land, and increasing efficiency and transparency in land administration services. 

  2. Library Resource
    Training Resources & Tools
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    December, 2012
    Uganda, Africa

    Uganda has started its journey into urbanization and economic development. The pace of urbanization is picking up currently at 4.5 percent per year, and likely to accelerate with rising incomes. The economic benefits from urban growth will come from exploiting economies of scale and agglomeration and by increasing fluidity in factor markets that enable substitution between land and non land inputs.

  3. Library Resource
    Training Resources & Tools
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    December, 2012

    This policy note has two goals. First, to assess whether inclusive business models face specific regulatory hurdles. Second, to recommend policies that creates a business environment conducive to inclusive business. Little research has been conducted on the first goal. This note analyzes survey answers from companies that applied to the G20 Challenge. These companies were asked to rank regulatory obstacles and explain whether these obstacles created significant hurdles to their ability to serve the base of the pyramid.

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    Palestinian Economic Prospects

    Reports & Research
    Training Resources & Tools
    March, 2012
    Palestine, Western Asia, Northern Africa

    This report begins by documenting the Palestinian Authority's (PA's) ongoing fiscal crisis that threatens its ability to provide basic services to the population. In 2011, the PA required about US$1.5 billion dollars in budget support, of which US$200 million to cover development expenses not funded directly by donors. However, it only received about US$814 million in budget support and US$169 million in development financing, for a total of US$983 million.

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    A Critical Review

    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    May, 2012
    South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa

    This paper provides an overview of land reform in South Africa from 1994 to 2011, with the focus on the land redistribution. The government policies and associated implementation since 1994 have not generated expected social and economic results for a number of reasons. Even where land has been transferred, it appears to have had minimal impact on the livelihoods of beneficiaries, largely because of inappropriate project design, a lack of necessary support services and shortages of working capital, leading to widespread underutilization of land.

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    Summary of Priority Policy Recommendations Drawn form World Bank Studies

    Training Resources & Tools
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    September, 2012
    Vietnam, Eastern Asia, Oceania

    Vietnam's rapid and sustained economic growth and poverty reduction in the last two decades benefitted from the policy and legal reforms embodied in the Land Laws of 1987, 1993 and 2003 and subsequent related legal acts. This note outlines reforms related to four main themes. The first relates to the needed reform for agriculture land use to create opportunity to enhance effectiveness of land use as well as to secure farmers' rights in land use. Prolonging the duration of agricultural land tenure would give land users greater incentives to invest and care for the land.

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    Integrating Gender Issues in Disaster Risk Management - Overview and Resources for Guidance Notes

    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    October, 2012
    Laos, Vietnam, Eastern Asia, Oceania

    The countries of East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) are among the most vulnerable in the world to the physical, social, and economic effects of natural disasters. Disaster impacts are not distributed uniformly within a population. Due to existing socio-economic conditions, cultural beliefs and traditional practices, women and men are affected differently. In many cases, the mortality rates for women in the aftermath of a disaster are much higher than those of men.

  8. Library Resource
    August, 2012
    Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

    This article addresses the problems of
    governance in municipalities in Africa. The concern has been
    to adapt traditional systems of governance to the needs of
    modern urban management. This article investigates the need
    for a new analysis of the twin problems of urban land and
    urban management in sub-Saharan Africa. This need is based
    on the apparent paradox between the dynamic, city-creating
    activities of civil societies in all of these countries, and

  9. Library Resource
    August, 2012

    Buying, selling and mortgaging farmland
    are still rare in Eastern and Central Europe. Not
    surprisingly, given the level of risk in many of these
    countries, short-term transactions, especially leasing, are
    more common. These short-term transactions do almost as well
    as land sales in allocating resources. Making them more
    secure by improving simple registration and enforcement
    systems and increasing public access to information on what

  10. Library Resource
    August, 2012

    During the 1970s and 1980s in Tanzania,
    there was a widespread perception, though a somewhat narrow,
    and inaccurate one, that high and accelerating rates of
    deforestation in some areas, was primarily being driven by
    demand for woodfuel, and construction timber. In order to
    take a more comprehensive, and strategic view of the sector,
    the government launched the Tanzania Forestry Action Plan,
    which covered the period 1990/91-2007/08. The Bank-assisted

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