Agricultural Land Redistribution and Land Administration in Sub-Saharan Africa

Case Studies of Recent Reforms

This book focuses on how to undertake land reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa, but with relevant lessons for other developing countries. It provides details, with case studies, on how reforms were undertaken to address a pressing and controversial development challenge in Africa—land ownership inequality—and an intransigent development issue—inefficiency and corruption in land administration. The book also assesses reforms and highlights valuable lessons for other countries contemplating reforms.
Six case studies collectively cover two main areas of land governance: reforms in redistributing agricultural land and reforms in land administration. The first two case studies discuss reforms in redistributing agricultural land in Malawi and South Africa, part of the southern Africa region where land ownership inequalities rival those in Latin America. The remaining four case studies focus on addressing corruption and inefficiency in land administration in a variety of governance contexts, including stable and postconflict countries.
Specifically, these case studies cover:
• Decentralizing land administration with demonstrations from Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Ghana;
• Developing postconflict land administration systems with examples from Liberia and Rwanda;
• Re-engineering and computerizing land information systems with examples from Ghana and Uganda; and
• Improving management of government land through land inventories with examples drawn from Ghana
and Uganda.
The common elements among sometimes disparate experiences provide lessons of relevance to African and other developing countries contemplating similar reforms. The rigorous analysis and down-to-earth lessons are a reflection of the authors’ deep global experience, underpinned by personal participation in the reforms covered by the book. Agricultural Land Redistribution and Land Administration in Sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies of Recent Reforms will be of interest to a wide audience, including land specialists and practitioners, African policy makers, experts and managers in the international development community, and academia.

Mise en ligne : 01 juillet 2014 | Mise à jour : 01 juillet 2014 | Auteur : Eric Léonard