Central Africa

Africa Data Revolution Report 2018: Status and Emerging Impact to Open Data in Africa

Jean-Paul Van Belle,

In some governments, there is a slow iterative cycle between innovation, adoption, resistance and re-alignment before finally resulting in Open Government Data (OGD) institutionalization and eventual maturity. There is huge diversity between African governments, and each country presents a complex and unique picture. In several African countries, there appears to be genuine political will to open up government-based datasets,…

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…

Civil Society Institutional Advocacy Development Program

Stephen Nkem Asek, International Governance Institute’s Focal Integrity Team for Cameroon (IGI-FITCAM),

This resource describes a training program developed by the International Governance Institute’s Focal Integrity Team for Cameroon (IGI-FITCAM) to build the capacity of national NGOs to undertake advocacy efforts. Civil society organizations (CSOs) or individuals have a right to advise their government at local and national levels after identifying a problem in society and in…

Participatory Inclusive Land Readjustment in Huambo, Angola

Allan Cain, Beat Weber, Moises Festo,

After a protracted period of conflict, Angola has been reconstructing its social and physical infrastructure and developing new policies and legislation to address the chronic poverty that the majority of families still live in. The four decades of war were characterized by land expropriation, forced removals, resettlement, and massive internal displacement of rural and urban…

Land Reform in Cameroon: Common Position Paper of Civil Society Organizations


The regulation of land tenure in Cameroon is characterized by several flaws, which render it generally obsolete and unresponsive to the needs of various vulnerable groups such as women, small farmers, and indigenous peoples.These flaws are also largely responsible for the outbreak in land related conflicts, resulting from pressure from international and local large scale…

Industrial Mining & Local Communities: Supporting human rights-based development in the context of industrial mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo

American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative,

This information and toolkit for civil society organizations and affected communities on “Industrial Mining and Local Communities: Supporting human rights-based development in the context of industrial mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo” was published by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in July 2016. Lien De Brouckere was the editor of the…

Women’s rights and development policy in 2016’s transitioning Africa

Olivia K Lwabukuna,

This is a blog discussion piece that has been written to highlight the place of African women’s rights in development policy space in 2016, specifically targeting the just concluded African Union Summit in July. 2016 is a transitional year for African economies as they look to overcome tough times and as some emerge from terrible…

The United Nations – Reflection, Critical Analysis

Christian Bwanga Makabika,

The presentation of these materials on the United Nations by the National Commission on Refugees is divided into four chapters. The first to know: General Information on the O. N. U.(UN) it is to investigate empirically and concise its genesis, its mission in the world as well as the system implementation for its operation. In…

Droits de propriété et d’usage des communautés locales et populations autochtones


This resource by ClientEarth covers the right to land and property specifically pertaining to indigenous communities and how they can claim formally recognized ownership over their right to land.

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