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Customary land rights refer to the enjoyment of some use of land that arises through customary, unwritten practice rather than through written codified law.

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Peer-reviewed publication
October 2020
Sub-Saharan Africa

Although land forms the basis for marginal livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa, the asset is more strategic for women as they usually hold derived and dependent rights to land in customary tenure areas.

COVID-19 and Public Health: Indigenous Peoples on the Front Line
Reports & Research
October 2020
Global

Three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases are zoonoses, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, with Ebola, SARS, MERS and now COVID-19 being examples. Scientists are warning that deforestation, industrial agriculture, illegal wildlife trade, climate change and other types of environmental degradation increase the risk of future pandemics.

Land Portal Annual Report 2019
Reports & Research
July 2020
Global

The interrelationship between secure land rights and economic development has gained increasing recognition, as a driver of economic development around the world. For indigenous peoples and communities, women and other vulnerable groups, secure land rights are fundamental for reducing poverty and boosting their shared prosperity.

Peer-reviewed publication
June 2020
Ghana

Inequalities in land rights exist globally, both in formal and customary settings. This is because land rights are either strong or weak, and held by various categories of people. The weaker variants of the inequalities tend to stifle tenure security, reduce land use, and threaten the food security of those dependent on the land for survival.

Peer-reviewed publication
June 2020
Ghana

Typically, peri-urban areas are havens and vulnerable receptors of customary land rights (CLRs) disputes due to the intrusion of urban activities or an uncoordinated mix of both.

BTI 2020 Country Report Sri Lanka
Conference Papers & Reports
May 2020
Sri Lanka

The period under review covers 20 months under a coalition government, a constitutional crisis and a few months when the president and the prime minister, leading different political parties, jockeyed for position. There was little political progress under the coalition government.

Grassroots Justice in a Pandemic: Ensuring a Just Response and Recovery
Policy Papers & Briefs
April 2020
Global

Communities around the world are reeling from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken to contain it. Now more than ever, the ability to know, use, and shape the law is critical. Access to health care and various forms of relief hinge on the ability to know one’s rights and navigate complex systems.

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Training Resources & Tools
January 2020
Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Eastern Africa
Uganda

With the current population of 40 million and 213 inhabitants per km², Uganda is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. Yet land is a fixed asset. Of all the land in Uganda, approximately 80% of the land area is administered under customary tenure system and approximately 5% only is titled under Mailo, leasehold and freehold tenure.

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Reports & Research
January 2020
Ethiopia
Uganda
Peru
Indonesia

Evidence shows that women can benefit from having individualised land rights formalized in their names. However, similar evidence is not available for formalization of land rights that are based on collective tenure. Studies have estimated that as much as 65 percent of the world’s land is held under customary, collective-tenure systems.

Manuals & Guidelines
December 2019
Africa

How state and customary authorities deal with land issues has important consequences for how they are viewed by citizens. This may be particularly the case in conflict-affected settings, where displacement and return cause tenure insecurity and land disputes, and where the legitimacy of state and non-state institutions is contested.

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