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MDG3-ch2.qxd 31/8/05 9:43 am Page 27 27 2 Securing land and property rights in sub-Saharan Africa: the role of local institutions
Document begins: MDG3-ch2.qxd 31/8/05 9:43 am Page 27 27 2 Securing land and property rights in sub-Saharan Africa: the role of local institutions(1) Camilla Toulmin(2) I. INTRODUCTION Most land in sub-Saharan Africa has no registration of who owns it or has rights to use it. Various new initiatives are underway to address this, in the belief that land registration and titling can promote investment, reduce poverty and encourage better natural-resource management. For instance, the Commission for Africa has recognized this need, while the newly established High Level Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor, 1. This chapter is a revised version of Securing Land and Property Rights in Africa: Improving the Investment Climate Global Competitiveness Report, 2005-06. World Economic Forum, Switzerland. The author wishes to express appreciation to many colleagues for their collaboration on land tenure issues over the last decade, especially Hubert Ouédraogo, Thiendou Niang, Arlindo Chilundo, Ben Cousins, Mitiku Haile, Moussa Djire, Philippe Lavigne Delville, Jean-Pierre Chauveau, Julian Quan, David Brown, and colleagues Su Fei Tan, Lorenzo Cotula, Ced Hesse, Nazneen Kanji from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). 2. Camilla Toulmin is Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London. MDG3-ch2.qxd 31/8/05 ...