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Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Ravi Kanbur, and Elinor Ostrom

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204762

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199204764.001.0001

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Formalizing the informal: is there a way to safely unlock human potential through land entitlement? A review of changing land administration in Africa

Formalizing the informal: is there a way to safely unlock human potential through land entitlement? A review of changing land administration in Africa

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Linking the Formal and Informal Economy
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Liz Alden Wily

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199204764.003.0015

This paper looks at how rural land rights are being formalized in Africa. It argues that highly significant improvements are emerging under the current wave of land reform. In a rising number of states, customary land holders can now register their ownership directly without having their rights converted into European-derived forms like freehold or leasehold. The registration process is also decentralizing nearer to landholders. However, the process is too focused upon individually owned properties like houses and farms, when it is common properties that are most at risk from involuntary loss. This inattention is depriving communities of critical resources to livelihood and opportunities to benefit from their rising values.

Keywords:   customary, common property, community mortgages, land reform

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