Over the last month the news all over the world broke with stories about the departure of US forces from Afghanistan and its takeover by the Taliban. Many wonder what the future will bring to those who remained and to those who fled the country. This thought immediately raises all sorts of questions which include 'what will happen to access, control, and ownership of land in states of transition?'
Anne Hennings is a post-doc research fellow at the University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany, and Land Portal's Local Knowledge Engagement Coordinator for West Africa & Southeast Asia. Her work focuses on contested land deals in post-war societies, and the respective repercussions on conflict transformation and reconciliation. She has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Sierra Leone and Cambodia, with special emphasis on (non-)violent mobilisation, agrarian transformation, and gender dynamics. She is founder and co-speaker of the working group “Nature, Resources, Conflicts”.