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Improving Accountability in Agricultural Investments: Reflections from Legal Empowerment Initiatives in West Africa

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED),

A recent surge in agribusiness plantation deals has increased pressures on land in many low- and middle-income countries. Rural people have mobilized to protect their rights, seek better terms or oppose the deals altogether. Since 2014, a set of initiatives in Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal has worked to help people harness the law in order…

Securing Community Land and Resource Rights in Africa: A Guide to Legal Reform and Best Practices

Janet Pritchard, Feja Lesniewska, Tom Lomax, Saskia Ozinga, Cynthia More,

This guide, produced by FERN, the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), ClientEarth and the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), explains key aspects of law and land rights that are important for securing community ownership and control of land and resources – also referred to as secure land and resource tenure. It explains how to identify and…

The Community Scorecard Approach for Performance Assessment: A WaterAid Ghana Briefing Paper

Emmanuel Addai, WaterAid Ghana,

ProNet North is one of WaterAid’s implementing Partner NGOs based in Wa in the Upper West Region. The organisation participated in and managed the Upper West pilot project on the Community Score Card M&E approach in July 2004 and would like to share some lessons with other partners in the water and sanitation sector. The…

Tracking the Ghana District Assemblies Common Fund

Charles Abbey, Vitus A. Azeem, Cuthbert Baba Kuupiel,

Over the past few decades, Ghana has received billions of dollars of overseas development assistance to support its economy and development. Currently, close to 40 percent of Ghana’s annual domestic budget comes from external sources. It is becoming imperative for civil society to be actively involved in budget formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation at both…

Supporting the Fisheries Commission’s Community Fisheries Watchdog Communities: Legal Review of the Bantay Dagat (Sea Guardian) Program in the Philippines

USAID GHANA, Mario Maderazo,

The Bantay Dagat (BD) or “sea guardian” program is a community-based law enforcement institution in the Philippines that engages fisherfolk in coastal villages or barangays on a volunteer basis to support the detection and enforcement of illegal fishing in coastal waters. The BD program has been highly effective and has been formally institutionalized in coastal…

FIDA – Ghana Legal Aid Programme Information Sheet 1 – Client Application Form

International Federation of Women Lawyers Ghana (FIDA Ghana),

This resource is a template for organizations to record information on new clients seeking legal services in response to domestic abuse.

Investissements fonciers, cadre légal et redevabilité: lecons du Ghana

Eric Yeboah, Mark Kakraba-Ampeh,

La récente vague de transactions foncières née des investissements agro-industriels a mis en lumière une demande généralisée en faveur d’une redevabilité accrue en matière de gouvernance des terres et des investissements. Les cadres juridiques influencent les possibilités de reddition de comptes et le recours à la loi a figuré dans les réponses des communautés locales…

Land investments, accountability and the law: Lessons from Ghana

Eric Yeboah, Mark Kakraba-Ampeh,

The recent wave of land deals for agribusiness investments has highlighted the widespread demand for greater accountability in the governance of land and investment. Legal frameworks influence opportunities for accountability, and recourse to law has featured prominently in grassroots responses to the land deals. This report discusses accountability in land deals in Ghana. It scrutinizes…

Land investments, accountability and the law: Lessons from West Africa

Lorenzo Cotula, Giedre Jokubauskaite,

The recent wave of land deals for agribusiness investments has highlighted the widespread demand for greater accountability in the governance of land and investment. Legal frameworks influence opportunities for accountability, and recourse to law has featured prominently in grassroots responses to the land deals. Drawing on comparative socio-legal research in Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal, this…

Investissements fonciers redevabilité et cadre légal : leçons d’Afrique de l’ouest

Lorenzo Cotula, Giedre Jokubauskaite,

La récente vague de transactions foncières à grande échelle née des investissements agro-industriels a mis en lumière une demande généralisée en faveur d’une redevabilité accrue en matière de gouvernance des terres et des investissements. Les cadres légaux influencent les possibilités de reddition de comptes et le recours à la loi a figuré dans les réponses…

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