Tuesday, June 24, 2008


CAPRi/ UNDP Paper on Decentralization, Pro-poor Land Policies and Democratic Governance

In May this year the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) launched a series of publications which explore the linkages between land policies and democratic governance. The briefs summarize debates on key issues, recognizing land not only as an economic asset for poverty reduction but also as part of intricate social relations and power structures. The discussion papers provide fresh understandings of state-society interactions for pro-poor land policy. They also raise issues of gender and conflict in multiple property systems and customary traditions in different countries across the world.

All papers and briefs can be downloaded on the OGC's page on Governance and Poverty Reduction.

CAPRi has contributed a brief and discussion paper, which is based on CAPRi's latest Working Paper on Decentralization, Pro-Poor Land Policies, and Democratic Governance (No. 80).

This paper provides a review of how the issues of decentralization are linked to land tenure reform, in theory and practice. In include a review of  the different types of land tenure reform and policy recommendations, considering how decentralized approaches to land tenure reform can contribute to goals such as gender equity, social cohesion, human rights, and the identity of indigenous peoples. [more]

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