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Protecting Community Lands & Resources in Africa: Grassroots Advocates’ Strategies & Lessons

In 2013, a group of 20 expert advocates from across Africa gathered for a three-day symposium to share experiences and practical strategies for effectively supporting communities to protect their lands and natural resources. The symposium illuminated many similarities between the types of threats to communities’ land and natural resource claims, as well as underlying factors that drive and exacerbate the threats.

Since the symposium, pressures on community land and natural resource rights have only increased. it is more necessary than ever to share strategies, successes, lessons, and resources across a wide network of local practitioners, legal champions, policy advocates, media allies, and supporters.

This book is a collection of case studies and analysis written by practitioners, for practitioners. Together, they share a variety of ingenious, creative, and practical strategies for proactively confronting the forces that undermine community land and natural resource tenure security in Africa.

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Uploaded on: Jan 15, 2016
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2017
Year Published: 2015
Co-Authors: Rachael Knight, Marena Brinkhurst, Stephanie Booker


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Resource Type: Namati Publications, Practitioner Resources Issues: Community / Customary Land Rights, Community Organizing, Community Paralegals, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Policy Advocacy Tool Type: Case Study, Journal Articles & Books, Training Resources & Popular Education Method: Improving Governance, Accountability and Transparency, Mediation & Conflict Resolution, Promoting Citizens' Participation in Governance, Research, Strengthening Customary Justice Systems Regions: Sub-Saharan Africa Nature of Impact: Acquisition of Remedy / Entitlement / Information, Change in institutional / government practice, Change in law or policy, Citizen Action & Participation, Citizens' Willingness to Act, Conflict resolution / Case resolution, Impact on Natural Environment, Legal Knowledge and Skills, Positive Impact, Rights Consciousness, Sense of fair process, Social inclusion Institutions Engaged: Chief, Court, Elders, Government Ministry, Local Court, Local legislative representative, Media, National Court, National Legislative body, NGOs, Police, Private Sector Firms, Public / Private Enterprises, Regulatory / Implementing Agencies, Traditional / Customary Authorities Evaluation Method: Case Studies