Six Lessons from the First Investor Survey on Land Rights

Photo by: Kate Evans/CIFOR. Aerial view of the landscape around West Java, Indonesia.

Last year, USAID and our partners set out to answer a critical question that is essential to informing how we work with businesses, communities and governments on land rights and economic growth: how does the private sector think about and deal with risks to their investments stemming from unclear or weak land tenure and property rights?

To date, there had been no systematic study of how investors and business operators actually assess and seek to mitigate land tenure risks. Without a clear understanding of these issues, USAID and other development agencies are limited in our efforts to develop policies, programs and partnerships that create win-win scenarios for both businesses and local communities.

Read the full piece on the Global Landscapes Forum website.