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Land Unchained?

Shifting land registries onto blockchain is a part of the broader move to "unlock the economic potential of land" in order to put more land and natural resources into exploitation by private interests.

World Bank Must Permanently End Ideologically Driven Doing Business Rankings

The world needs development policies that serve people and planet first, not policies that focus on economic growth at all costs.

By Andy Currier

World Bank Suspends Doing Business Report

On August 27, the World Bank announced it will "pause" the Doing Business Report (DBR) after a number of "irregularities" were found regarding data used in the 2018 and 2020 reports. This suspension, which could spell the end to nearly twenty years of the DBR, is good news for the people, the climate, and the planet.

New Laws Threaten Family Farmers and Ethnic Communities in Myanmar

The VFV Law, the Farmland Act, and the LAAR Law are designed to encourage the legal takeover of lands that millions of farmers and Indigenous people rely on for their livelihoods. The three laws are a potent combination which ensure that the practice of land grabbing – widespread in Myanmar under its previous military dictatorship – can continue, now concealed by false promises of 'economic development.'

Land Privatization: Why Sri Lanka Must Reject the MCC Compact

A recent report by the Oakland Institute examines the MCC compact with Sri Lanka and raises alarm over the irreversible consequences of embarking on land privatization – when most of the land is public in the country.

Driving Dispossession: Media Coverage

A partial listing of the media coverage generated by Driving Dispossession in the first 10 days since its publication. The PDF download includes full links to articles.

US Corporations a Driving Force Behind 'Unprecedented Wave' of Global Land Privatization: Report

by Julia Conley, staff writer

"Unfettered capitalism has brought us to this disaster. We must halt and reverse the privatization of the commons to protect and nurture these natural resources for future generations."

A study released Tuesday by the Oakland Institute details an "unprecedented wave of privatization of natural resources that is underway around the world"—one that is largely being driven by the United States and its allies.

Privatisation 'Wave' Hurts Poor as Pandemic Heightens Risks

BANGKOK, July 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A push to privatise land and other resources in countries from Ukraine to Papua New Guinea is hurting indigenous people and the rural poor, while increasing the risks linked to climate change, researchers at a U.S.-based think tank said on Tuesday.

Driving Dispossession: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) summarize some of the key findings and analysis of the Oakland Institute new report, Driving Dispossession: The Global Push to “Unlock the Economic Potential of Land.”


New Report Warns of an Unprecedented Wave of Land Privatization


July 14, 2020

Anuradha Mittal
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