Land Rights

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.

TakePart: “Is the World Bank Helping the Poor—or the World’s Banks?”

TakePart) While business-suited officials of the World Bank Group hold their annual conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday, activists from around the world will be on the streets outside protesting what they say is the global financier’s damaging impact on land use in the developing world.

World Bank rankings fail the needs of the Pacific – Pacific NGO

The recent praise handed down to some Pacific Islands from the World Bank’s 2015 Doing Business rankings is sending the wrong message, claims the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG). The rankings compare the ease of doing business across countries compared to the world’s ‘best practice’.

“The latest rankings again display the absurd contest between countries to see who can be the most pro-business without any regard for what that real costs are for social, environmental, cultural or human rights,” commented PANG Coordinator Maureen Penjueli.