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Katharina Pistor and Olivier De Schutter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172783

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172783.001.0001

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Tenure Security and Exclusion Processes in Peri-urban Areas and Rural Hinterlands of West African Cities

Tenure Security and Exclusion Processes in Peri-urban Areas and Rural Hinterlands of West African Cities

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(p.156) Chapter 7 Tenure Security and Exclusion Processes in Peri-urban Areas and Rural Hinterlands of West African Cities
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Governing Access to Essential Resources
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Alain Durand-Lasserve

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172783.003.0007

Durand-Lasserve looks at peri-urban areas and hinterlands of West African cities and argues that any formalization of rights to land needs to take account of social practices and highly uneven bargaining power of different actors. Zoning and titling programs introduced by the World Bank and other developing agencies that ignore these practices are bound to fail, or worse, they tend to accelerate the concentration of land in favor of the elites. Durand-Lasserve presents an analytical framework for diagnosing land use and allocation practices that take account of tenure security and property rights, but also of the channels through which land is reallocated given these initial conditions. Moreover, he highlights the importance of a well-run land administration for limiting graft and capture.

Keywords:   West Africa, elite capture, land use, peri-urban land, reallocation practices, land titling

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