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Land issues in West Africa. Briefing notes.

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Funding organizations: Comité technique «â€¯Foncier et développement » (CTFD), Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Folder Contributors: Groupe de Recherche et d’Action sur le Foncier (GRAF), Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs Agricoles de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (ROPPA), Association pour contribuer à l’Amélioration de la Gouvernance de la Terre, de l’Eau et des Ressources naturelles (AGTER), LandNet West Africa

The leaders of peasants and women organizations, NGOs, technicians, civil servants, decision-makers and donors who work on rural development issues in Africa need resources to guide their actions in the realm of land policy. The project to produce educational resources proposes a series of short texts, written in accessible and easy to understand language. The goal is to share information and knowledge on a large scale, but also to clarify discussions between a variety of users and to allow them to better define their respective positions regarding land issues.

This folder contains BRIEFING NOTES to improve our understanding and ability to ask the right questions and take effective action on land matters in West Africa. This initiative was developed through the French Co-Operation’s technical committee «Land and Development (Foncier et Développement)» by the Hub Rural, aGter, the LandNet West Africa, the GRAF and the ROPPA. It was financed by the AFD (Agence Française de Développement).

Table of contents

The dossier includes 18 documents, which are available in both French and English. We have decided to organize them according to 3 major themes.

A. The Nature of Rights and Legal Claimants

B. Policies Promoting Rights Recognition and Security

C. Confronting Change: Resources for Analyzing and Implementing Land Policies

Our intention is to continuously expand and enhance the dossier as the network’s work on this topic progresses.


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