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The Status of Customary Land Rights in Africa Today

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Wily, Liz Alden
Date: 2011
Agency: Rights and Resources Initiative, Washington, DC
Series: Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the Fate of Customary Tenure in Africa, Brief #4 of 5
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7716
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
Region: Africa
Subject(s): land tenure and use
property rights
Abstract: "The purpose of this brief is to offer a fairly precise picture as to the national law status of customary land rights in Sub-Saharan Africa today (2011). This is done by analysing what current laws say about such interests in 35 Sub-Saharan states. Because the vast majority of the customary domain is in fact composed of lands by tradition owned and used collectively (forests, rangelands, marshlands), this brief also pays special attention to what current land laws say about their tenure."

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