Land Rights

The World Bank Is Refereeing a Race to the Bottom

The World Bank’s landmark annual publication, Doing Business, ranks countries around the world based on how well their regulatory systems serve narrow corporate interests. Typically this creates a global competition to lower public interest regulations, diminish environmental and social safeguards, and reduce corporate tax responsibilities.

Carbon Colonialism: How The Fight Against Climate Change Is Displacing Africans

Since the launch of a World Bank sponsored conservation programme in west Kenya eights years ago, the Bank-funded Kenya Forest Service (FKS) has conducted a relentless scorched earth campaign to evict the 15,000 strong indigenous Sengwer community from their ancestral homes in the Embobut forest and the Cherangany Hills. The pretext? The Sengwer are ‘squatters’ accelerating the degradation of the forest.

An Open Letter to World Bank's EBA Team


Oakland, December 1, 2014

World Bank, Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) Project Team

“On our land”: come le multinazionali rubano le terre in Papua Nuova Guinea

On our land”, è un film documentario che racconta il furto subito dalle comunità rurali di Papua Nuova Guinea, private illegalmente della loro terra e delle risorse naturali. Un’ingiustizia che affossa e distrugge le comunità stesse e devasta l’ambiente. Questo documentario, come scrive la redazione de Il cambiamento, dà voce alle comunità colpite e alle Ong che combattono per i loro diritti.

“On our land”, il documentario che racconta il furto della terra

Le comunità rurali di Papua Nuova Guinea sono state private della loro terra e delle risorse naturali attraverso operazioni illegali; la conseguenza è stata la distruzione delle comunità stesse e la devastazione dell’ambiente. Il documentario “On our land” dà voce alle popolazioni che hanno subìto questa ingiustizia e che, grazie ad alcune organizzazioni non governative locali, combattono per i loro diritti e perché sia loro restituito quanto sottratto.

Landgrabs in Ethiopia Engineer Ethnic Conflict

Oakland, CA – Today, the Oakland Institute (OI), in collaboration with the Anywaa Survival Organisation (ASO), released Engineering Ethnic Conflict: The Toll of Ethiopia’s Plantation Development on the Suri People, the latest in its series of comprehensive investigative reports about land grabs and forced evictions in Ethiopia. The report uncovers the truth behind a reported massacre of 30 to 50 Suri people in May 2012 near the 30,000-hectare Malaysian-owned Koka plantation.

Statement From The Oakland Institute On The Conference On Land Policy In Africa


Given the recent explosion of land grabs across the African continent, this international conference seems pertinent and timely, especially for the millions of smallholder farmers and citizens across the continent. But let's not allow some key facts to be drowned by the enthusiasm expressed from those attending.

"Carbon violence" underlies the green sheen of carbon offsets

Queensland researchers have coined the term 'carbon violence' to describe the effects of G20 and other developed countries' investments in African plantation forestry to offset carbon emissions in a report for US think tank, the Oakland Institute.