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Hierarchies of Rights : Land and Investments in Africa

Lands Investments Africa

Danida - Agence danoise pour le développement international

Titre du projet : Hierarchies of Rights : Land and Investments in Africa

Code projet : 14-05RUC

Pays : Mozambique, Tanzania

Durée  : January 1, 2015 à December 31, 2018

The main aim of the research program is to analyse how struggles related to large-scale investments into natural resources affect small-holders’ rights to land in Sub-Saharan Africa.
It tests the overall working hypothesis that in developing democratic market economies hierarchies of rights are established over time that structure how struggles related to largescale investments are played out. It analyses struggles over rights through two variables : the type of investment (high/low-value resources) and the distribution of power in society (elite cohesion/ fragmentation). Based on a set of primarily qualitative comparative case study methodologies, the program studies how investments into oil/gas, mining and agriculture in Tanzania and Mozambique affect small-holders’ rights to land. Both countries have experienced a dramatic surge in large-scale investments and, subsequently, political tensions and unrest. Despite similarities between the two countries struggles over land rights produce different outcomes for small-holders. The program will include three southbased PhD students and scholars from different academic traditions. This combination will facilitate transfer of skills and knowledge across the participating country teams. The program will provide research, capacity-building, and policy-advice that contribute to strengthening interventions addressing key challenges related to social inclusion, inclusive growth, and political stability in the region.

Mots clés : foreign investment, human rights, land ownership, natural resources, political power

Coordination : Roskilde University (RUC), Denmark, Department of Society and Globalisation (RUC)

Partenaires : University of Dar es Salaam, Institute of Resource Assessment, Tanzania University of Eduardo Mondlane, Dept. of Political Science and Public Administration, Mozambique University of Western Cape, Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, South Africa Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark

Financement : DKK 9,969,902

Présentation : DANIDA

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