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Accountability in Africa’s land rush: What role for legal empowerment?

By: Emily Polack, Lorenzo Cotula, Muriel Cote, International Institute for Environment and Development, International Development Research Centre

This report, released by the International Institute for Environment and Development and the International Development Research Centre, explores the potential for legal empowerment approaches to equip citizens and local communities with methods and resources to hold public institutions and private companies accountable in large-scale land deals.  The report analyzes the legal frameworks of 12 African countries, as well as 16 case studies of large-scale land deals.  The study suggests that legal empowerment has the potential to improve public accountability through complementary approaches in reforming legal frameworks to strengthen local control and downward accountability, and by increasing citizens’ capacity to engage with public institutions and policy processes.

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Uploaded on: Apr 08, 2013
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2015
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