Land Rights

World Bank Turns Its Back on Rights Protections for the Poor

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World Bank Turns Its Back on Rights Protections for the Poor

Global civil society response gathers momentum


Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict

International financing has played a significant—although not always reported—role in the current conflict in Ukraine. In late 2013, conflict between pro-European Union (EU) and pro-Russian Ukrainians escalated to violent levels, leading to the departure of President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 and prompting the greatest East-West confrontation since the Cold War.

A major factor in the crisis that led to deadly protests and eventually President Yanukovych’s removal from office was his rejection of an EU Association agreement that would have further opened trade and integrated Ukraine with the EU. The agreement was tied to a $17 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Instead of the EU and IMF deal, Yanukovych choose a Russian aid package worth $15 billion plus a 33% discount on Russian natural gas. This deal has since gone off the table with the pro-EU interim government accepting the new multimillion dollar IMF package in May 2014.

Picking Up the Pieces from a Failed Land Grab Project in Tanzania

As negotiations over responsible agricultural investment policy run through the summer, Tanzanian villagers fight for the return of 20,000 acres of land lost to a failed biofuel project.

Moves to Abolish Leases on PNG Customary Land Cautiously Welcomed

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Community organisations and experts on PNG affairs have welcomed the government's announcement it would abolish the Special Agricultural Business Leases.

Concerns as PNG Prepares to Return Land to Traditional Owners

Community groups have welcomed the Papua New Guinea Government's announcement it will abolish special agricultural business leases.

The leases paved the way for millions of hectares of customarily-owned land to be taken over by large corporations for so-called agricultural projects.

The Oakland Institute, an independent policy think tank in the United States, has welcomed the decision with caution.

Oakland Institute policy director Frederique Mousseau says there's concern that many leases already issued aren't being revoked.

Fury over Senegal’s Private Land Buyers

SAINT LOUIS, 24 June 2014 (IRIN) - Senegalese smallholder Doudou Sow is furious. Over the last 10 years, he says, farmers have been squeezed out by an influx of private investors acquiring fertile arable land in the Senegal River Valley where he has worked as a farmer for the last two decades.

“I do not understand why hundreds of hectares are being given to outsiders when the priority should be to make land available to our own farmers,” protests Sow, a native of Saint Louis Region in the north of Senegal.

Les Propriétaires Terriens Privés Soulèvent l’Indignation au Sénégal

SAINT-LOUIS, 26 juin 2014 (IRIN) - Doudou Sow, petit exploitant, ne décolère pas. Cela fait dix ans, dit-il, que les agriculteurs sont évincés par un afflux d’investisseurs privés qui acquièrent des terres agricoles fertiles dans la vallée du fleuve Sénégal, où il cultive la terre depuis vingt ans.

« Je ne comprends pas pourquoi des centaines d’hectares sont donnés à des étrangers, alors que la priorité devrait être de rendre ces terres accessibles à nos agriculteurs », a argué M. Sow, originaire de la région de Saint-Louis dans le nord du Sénégal.