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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 2001

CLAIMS : Changes in land access, institutions and markets in West Africa

Land Access West Africa

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : CLAIMS : Changes in land access, institutions and markets in West Africa

Pays : Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R8000

DFID Programme : Miscellaneous (Social and Political Change)

Organismes de mise en œuvre
Joint Financiers : European Community Research Programme Confirming the International Role of Community Research (FP5/INCO)
Lead Institutes : International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Managing Institutes : Social Science Research Unit, Department for International Development (SSRU)
Collaborating Institutes : Groupe de Recherche et d’Echange Technologiques et Institut Francais de Recherche pour le Developpement ; Groupement Interdisciplinaire en Sciences Sociales ; Institut de Recherche en Sciences Humaines, Centre Universitaire Mande Bukari ; Institut d’Etudes du Developpement, Universite Catholique de Louvain’s (IED) ; Institute of Development Studies at Roskilde University in Denmark ; Laboratoire d’Analyses et de Recherche (Benin) ; Unite d’Enseignement et de Recherches en Demographie (UERD)

Durée : Start Date : 01-10-2001 End Date : 30-03-2005

The project aims to make a significant contribution to more equitable and appropriate policies and institutions for managing and providing more secure access to land and other natural resources in four West African countries.

This research proposal aims to tackle one of the major challenges faced by developing countries : namely, ensuring equitable, and appropriate policies and institutions through which to manage and provide more secure access to land and other natural resources. Land lies at the heart of strategies to promote development and alleviate poverty in West Africa, where farming and livestock production continue to provide the major share of incomes, employment, tax revenue and export earnings. The question of sustainable land management and use is a priority area for EU development co-operation policy. The OECD Development Assistance Committee has also placed particular emphasis on reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty. The design and implementation of more equitable and appropriate institutions for managing land could make a major contribution to promoting agricultural development, reducing conflict between land users, and protecting rights of poorer and more vulnerable groups. This project will investigate the changing ways in which different groups gain access to land and other resources in Wsst Africa. It will focus on the evolving forms and institutional arrangements through which people seek to establish firmer claims over land, gain greater security, and protect themselves from other claimants. Field studies will be undertaken in four countries in a selection of sites in which land and other resources are increasingly scarce and subject to rising competition. The research will assess the effects of land policy, legislation and interventions on livelihood opportunities in the field sites being studied. Emphasis will be given to ensuring effective dissemination of research findings through a variety of media, combined with participatory learning groups on land at national level, to promote engagement with policy makers.

Total Cost to DFID : £83,254

Présentation : UKAID

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