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Land Rights

Greenwashing Away Minority Land Rights in Costa Rica

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Adam Cernea Clark

Last week, a landmark bill was finally signed into law by outgoing Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla. This tenuous victory is but the latest chapter in the trials and tribulations of the oft forgotten Afro-Descendant minorities that make their home on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.

Silencing Native Voices: 200 Years After First Foreign Contact, Efforts to Control Native Lands Reignite

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 03.27.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

In a small island community like Hawai'i, where Native communities have protected valued ecosystems across the islands for countless generations, such lingering ignorance and arrogance is unforgivable.

Africa, Innovation and Access To Law

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais

How do we ensure sustainable economic growth and an ecosystem that promotes innovation without the legal frameworks in place to guarantee transparency, accountability and good governance?

A Dark Day for Kenyan Women: Why Kenya Must Not Pass Its Revised Marriage Property Bill

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

Part of the problem is that it defines matrimonial property as only property that is jointly owned by the spouses. Given the predominant customs in Kenya, very little, if any, property will be considered matrimonial in nature under this narrow definition.

Lessons From the Past: Securing Land Rights in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Yuliya Neyman

In America, land ownership is usually well-documented and formalized. We own deeds to our land, and have clear legal ways to sell it, rent it or otherwise transfer it. But that's not the case in many countries, including in the Philippines.

Monoculture Soy and the Future of the Paraguayan Campesino

Mario Machado | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Mario Machado

Paraguay, like many developing countries across the world, has a national wealth and cultural identity that is tied directly to the production from its land. But it is this very land-wealth that continues to be effected by strong forces beyond its borders, most notably globalization and neoliberal orthodoxy.

How Land Rights Can Curb China's Toxic Harvest

Landesa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Landesa

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg From poisonous rice to melamine infused milk, reports of tainted food are a regular occurrence in China.

Delaying Early Marriage for Girls Through Sacks of Chilies

Landesa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Landesa

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgPerception means girls are seen as burdens to their families. They are another mouth to feed, and parents must pay a dowry to marry them off. Because dowry can be reduced or avoided if girls are young enough, poor parents often respond by trying to limit the damage.

Four Ways to Help Myanmar's Rural Poor

Roy L. Prosterman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Roy L. Prosterman

How to confront the needs of the vast number of families who are trapped in land-related, generational poverty in Myanmar and throughout the region will have profound consequences for future development, investment and stability.

In Kenya, Land Rights Bring New Hope for Women and Girls

Deborah Espinosa | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Deborah Espinosa

In the classrooms of Ol Pusimoru Secondary School, a cluster of simple cinderblock buildings perched on a hillside in the remote Kenyan highlands, Principal Alu Andrew Amadi can see a revolution stirring.

Three Critical Days in the Struggle for Land Reform in India

Alnoor Ladha | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Alnoor Ladha

The government of India made a remarkable promise on October 11 last year. It was bold and broad, and it has the potential to strike a fundamental blow at the plague of landlessness and poverty that blights millions of Indians.

Obama Meets Koroma: Time to Talk Land Rights

Sonkita Conteh | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Sonkita Conteh

When President Koroma of Sierra Leone visits Washington this Thursday, President Obama will rightly praise his counterpart for a decade of democracy, and for recovering from a devastating civil war. But Sierra Leone's progress is precarious.

Reflections From Sundance About the Power of Data Versus Story

Tim Hanstad | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

As a data-driven leader, for years I have carried a prejudice against the value and power of storytelling, often thinking of stories as too anecdotal, bordering on the shallow.

Cambodia Prepares for Obama, but at What Cost?

Kirsten Han | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Kirsten Han

Almost two weeks after his reelection, U.S. President Barack Obama will be the first sitting president to visit Cambodia for the East Asian Summit.

Report Examines Land And Forest Activist Killings

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.21.2012 | Green

A new report from international NGO Global Witness suggests that, in the past decade, 711 individuals have been killed while defending land and forest...

Conflicts Continue Over Resources in Panama -- Two More Indigenous People Killed

Veronique Pittman | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Veronique Pittman

Over the past three months there has been increased tension in the Wounaan communities of Eastern Panama due to illegal loggers invading their lands.

Catalytic Potential of Land Rights

Tim Hanstad | Posted 05.30.2012 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

Sweeping change is often sparked by the most unlikely, seemingly small, ideas and items. This week at the Skoll Forum in Oxford, 1,000 people from around the world have been given a sneak peek at the newest of them.

Plotting a Path to a More Peaceful World

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

Tis the season when hope for peace runs high. The season when I renew my commitment to creating a better world, based in large measure on the experiences of villagers across the globe, like the ones I met in Chillipoi.

Growing Tomorrow's Leaders, One Land Title at a Time

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.08.2012 | Education
Tim Hanstad

It should be simple. A country ensures free education for all children, and everyone benefits. But we all know it's not that easy.

Cambodia's Bill to Limit NGOs Threatening Land Rights

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 10.24.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

If Cambodia passes a law to regulate NGO activity, what influence will it have on the work of land rights activists? The Cambodian government is on its way to passing a law that critics say threatens the country's lively civil society groups and NGOs.

The Myth of Cheap Land

Tim Hanstad | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

A severe drought in the Horn of Africa is forcing millions of people into starvation, leaving many with no option but to flee their land in search of ...

Commentary: New Policies for the "Third Billion"

Carol Peasley | Posted 09.06.2011 | Impact
Carol Peasley

"Have you thought about making shoes as well as bags?" Such was the advice of Bedriye, one of our Turkish participants at the Global Women in Management (GWIM) workshop.

Property Rights Solutions: By Women, For Women

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

It would be hard to underestimate the transformation in women's lives when they gain the rights to a plot of land, as tenants or as owners.

Developer Thomas Chapman Profits By Threatening Prime Park Land, Now Challenges Obama

Wall Street Journal | STEPHANIE SIMON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

On behalf of his clients or his business partners, [Thomas Chapman] talks up plans to develop the parcels: a subdivision at a scenic overlook, an RV p...

Colombia's Internally Displaced People

Michael Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Solis

In Colombia, the number of internally displaced people is approximately 4.9 million -- nearly the population of Colorado. This makes Colombia the second largest internal displacement country in the world next to Sudan.