Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Land policy in Africa
Here is the final report from a conference on African land policy (that is, the laws and norms surrounding the purchase, property, and use of land) held in Germany in 2011. Since it is really just the summary of the conference proceedings, it doesn't go too in-depth into any issues. But it is very interesting to see the clashing viewpoints of European NGOs, European governments, African NGOs, African governments, etc. Especially on the issue of foreign land investments in African countries, the African participants and a few civil society Europeans come out very strongly against basically any kind of large corporate land purchases, while a few European and international bodies give a weak response that, despite having little or no evidence of any positive outcomes, ever, foreign direct investment in land projects might be a decent idea in some cases.