The two SDC networks Agriculture and Food Security (A+FS) and Democratization, Decentralization and Local Governance (DDLG) are announcing an exciting
Learning Journey in Land Governance 2016
We want to generate and share knowledge about burning issues on land governance. Together we will develop evidence based recommendations for SDCs interventions.
Our Learning Journey consists of five module
This paper analyses inclusive land governance in Mozambique. It focuses on the country’s legal framework and the DUAT, the right to use and benefit from the land. The DUAT is a distinctive element of the Mozambican legislation that has land as the property of the state but recognises land use rights for occupants and users on the basis of a unitary system of tenure. The challenges of putting in practice what is thought to be one of Africa’s most progressive legal frameworks are discussed. These are set against a context where despite land abundance there are concerns over land grabbing and dispossession of rural communities, which constitute over 70 percent of the country’s population. The law may be progressive but government politics are not, as an increasingly hegemonic elite controls Mozambique’s political system and resources.
Switzerland has a long history of land struggles and debates to come to grips with inclusive land governance. Today the country makes use of a complex system of laws and ordinances, checks and balances, formal and informal processes as well as judicial practices and political procedures to manage land related decision-making. Many of the current challenges demand a dynamic and systemic approach: They require reliable rules, but also a certain flexibility in order to adapt to future demands has to be assured.