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The experience of Mozambique's community land initiative (iTC) in securing land rights and improving community land use: Practice, policy and governance implications

The experience of Mozambique's community land initiative (iTC) in securing land rights and improving community land use: Practice, policy and governance implications

Quan, Julian, Monteiro, Jose and Mole, Paulo (2013) The experience of Mozambique's community land initiative (iTC) in securing land rights and improving community land use: Practice, policy and governance implications. In: Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, 8-11 April 2013, Washington DC, US. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

iTC is an innovative programme to secure rural communities’ land rights and enable more productive, sustainable and inclusive land use. Mozambique’s 1997 Land Law enables registration of community tenure rights through simple land delimitation processes, as well as private leasehold titling for investors large and small. In a context of rapid growth and weak land governance and administration, private land allocation has dominated, sometimes leading to conflict. Nevertheless iTC has achieved significant results in assisting communities to secure land rights and establish land and natural resource based businesses and partnerships, overcoming misunderstanding amongst state and market actors, and resolving conflicts. Lessons include the needs for more systematic investment in community social preparation, land delimitations in contiguous village clusters, and development of community based land management institutions and legal instruments and practical guidelines to regulate community partnerships with investors and value chain actors. Integrated, incremental approaches to securing rights of communities, producer associations and where necessary individuals, are also required. Institutional issues to be addressed include more decentralised land administration capacity and land governance arrangements engaging customary leaders, farmer organisations, state and private actors, the legal personality of community based organisations, improved territorial planning, and establishment of iTC as an independent national institution working with government to facilitate inclusive land use development.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] Funding for this paper was provided by the Mozambique Community Land Use Fund: UK-DFID (lead donor), the Embassies of the Netherlands and Denmark, Irish Aid, Swedish SIDA, the Swiss Agency for Development and MCA. © 2013 by author(s).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rural communities, Institutions, Land use partnerships, Tenure security, Lessons learned
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
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Last Modified: 01 Feb 2016 15:12
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13137

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