Navratil, Gerhard and Mansberger, Reinfried (2017) REAL CORP 2017 – PANTA RHEI – A World in Constant Motion. Proceedings of 22nd International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 337-344. ISSN 2521-3938

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Land administration is a proper tool to identify the resources of a country and to document physical and legal properties connected to it. Land administration constitutes a basic requirement for land governance processes, like land management or land use planning (Mattsson and Mansberger, 2017). Therefore, development work in numerous countries of the south often includes the setup of a land administration system. During the last 20 years, the World Bank, for example, financed a large number of projects related to the implementation of land administration systems in Africa, in Asia, and in South-Eastern Europe. However, experience showed that the beneficiaries of land administration systems did not always meet to combat poverty. Due to the security of land use, also agro-industrial companies rent land, which often common land or land used by nomads. This “land grabbing” is an upcoming phenomenon that is increasingly endangering the life of underprivileged groups. Raising awareness for the problem is a significant part of dealing with the situation. However, a change can only happen, if the people making the decisions and designing the processes are aware of the problem and if they try to find alternative approaches avoiding land grabbing. Thus, the challenges of land administration have to be included into the education of experts. The paper discusses challenges connected to the implementation of land administration systems in developing countries with a focus to the situation in Africa. Afterwards the authors discuss practical experience gained from a capacity-building project in Ethiopia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Land Grabbing, Poverty, Land Administration, Ethiopia, Developing Countries
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Depositing User: Maria Molnár
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2017 12:48
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 12:48

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