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Integrating Land Issues and Land Policy with Poverty Reduction
and Rural Development in Southern Africa1

by Michael Roth

Land Tenure Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
mjroth@facstaff.wisc.edu

September 2002


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Abstract

This paper is a synthesis of land issues and land policy constraints in Southern Africa prepared for the World Bank Regional Workshop on Land Issues in Africa and the Middle East held in Kampala, Uganda, 29 April to 2 May 2002. It synthesizes key points made in commissioned papers, plenary comments, and facilitated discussions from a special Southern Africa Working Group attended by conference delegates. Topics include an overview of land issues and special problems and constraints affecting the southern African region including land administration, community ownership, financial capital and investment, HIV/AIDS, land markets, land conflict, and land redistribution. It also compares the performance of selected countries in linking land policy with poverty reduction and concludes with steps for better incorporating land issues in country level Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers being endorsed by certain donors.

Paper prepared for the World Bank Regional Workshop on Land Issues in Africa and the Middle East held in Kampala, Uganda, 29 April to 2 May 2002.

Michael Roth is Senior Scientist in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and the Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1357 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin, 53715, USA. Fax: 608-262-2141.
Email: mjroth@facstaff.wisc.edu

Table of Contents
 
1.   Purpose and Objectives
2.   Land Issues
3.   Special Problems and Constraints
  3.1 Land Administration – A Missing Link
  3.2 Community Ownership – The Way Forward?
  3.3 Financial Capital and Investment
  3.4 HIV/AIDS
  3.5 Land Markets
  3.6 Land Conflict
  3.7 Land Redistribution
4.   Land Policy and Poverty Reduction
5.   Incorporating Land Issues into the PRSP
6.   Conclusions: Steps to Better Incorporate Land Issues in the PRSP
7.   Bibliography

Footnotes:
  1. Paper prepared for the World Bank Regional Workshop on Land Issues in Africa and the Middle East held in Kampala, Uganda, 29 April to 2 May 2002. The helpful comments of Clarissa Fourie, Mike Lyne, and Rogier Van den Brink are gratefully acknowledged.


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