Land Matters Media Scan – 15 February 2017

Photo by: Roger Rañada / The Manila Times

Here are the recent land tenure and resource management media items:

USAID

  1. Land security to boost PH economy – US envoy – quotes Heath Cosgrove (2/8/17)
    Source: The Manila Times
  2. Related: Overhaul land policy to stop ‘urban nightmare’ (2/9/17)
    Source: The Manila Times
  3. Kosovo launches drive to encourage women to claim property rights – mentions USAID’s country profile and work in Kosovo (1/20/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  4. U.S. launches new program to support land reform in Tajikistan – mentions the new Feed the Future Tajikistan Land Market Development Activity Project (2/9/17)
    Source (requires subscription): The Times of Central Asia
  5. Philippines: Coalition seeks overhaul of land governance policies – mentions USAID’s SURGE project (2/14/17)
    Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Reports and Publications

  1. New Research: Forcing Local Peoples off Their Lands Drives Almost Two-Thirds of Conflicts Between Companies and Local Communities in Africa (2/9/17)
    Source: RRI
    RRI reports: State of Land and Resource Rights
  2. Related: Forced evictions fuel African land disputes, hit investments – activists (2/9/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  3. Related: Investors learning to pay heed to community land rights (2/13/17)
    Source: Mongabay
  4. Land rights can lift African cities from ‘low development trap’, World Bank urges (2/10/17)
    Source: Citiscope
    World Bank report: Africa’s Cities: Opening Doors to the World (2/9/17)

Global

  1. Land Update: Global, National Partnerships and Projects Focus on SLM and Governance (2/14/17)
    Source: IISD
  2. Omidyar Network invests in property rights startup Landmapp to help Ghanaian farmers document their land (2/13/17)
    Source: Yahoo! / PRNewswire
  3. Four tourist hotspots hit by land rights disputes (2/8/17)
    Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
  4. Land Rights and Global Development (2/7/17)
    Source (registration required): Foreign Affairs

Africa

  1. Land Policy Initiative: Generating African-led policies and strategies on land issues (2/8/17)
    Source: IFAD
  2. Kenya: Maasai and Kipsigis elders to meet, iron out land dispute (2/10/17)
    Source: The Star
  3. DRC: Does ‘conflict free mineral’ compliance really help the DR Congo? (2/12/17)
    Source: Africa Times
  4. Nigerian land conflict sharpened by religious divisions (2/13/17)
    Source: Deutsche Welle
  5. Ethiopia dam causes Kenya water shortage: rights group (2/14/17)
    Source: AFP

Asia

  1. Pakistan: Rural Punjab goes digital: World Bank (2/7/17)
    Source: Aaj News
  2. Cambodia: Land Dispute a Litmus Test for Ruling Party Ahead of Vote (2/8/17)
    Source: Voice of America
  3. Cambodia: Three Years On, Government, EU Still at Odds Over Sugar Evictions (2/10/17)
    Source: The Cambodia Daily
  4. India: Powered by Aadhaar, Chandigarh set to be India’s first city to have conclusive land titling system (2/10/17)
    Source: The Financial Express

Pacific

  1. Philippines: ‘Land registration woes setting back Philippine economy’ (2/7/17)
    Source: ABC-CBN News