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Strengthening Access to Land in Plural Tenure Systems

By: Tiernan Mennen

This study examines barriers to land access in plural tenure systems, drawing on the experience of South Sudan. The study demonstrates that displaced women, returnees and other vulnerable populations are consistently subjected to corrupt practices and are often unaware of their rights both within and beyond the customary systems. Most often land is taken from the vulnerable when land governance is in the grey area between customary and statutory, or when countries are in transition from one system to the other. The study suggests seven categories of recommendations to address these growing areas of inequity: 1. Community Legal Education and Information Dissemination, 2. Monitoring of Allocation and Disputes, 3. Advocacy with Government and Customary Officials, 4. Legal Assistance to Navigate between Systems, 5. Strategic Litigation, 6. Support to Strengthen and Professionalize Customary Justice Systems, 7. Heightened Focus on Women’s Rights.

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Uploaded on: Feb 04, 2014
Last Updated: Feb 27, 2017
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