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Land

The experiences in the countries where Christian Aid works show a full range of concerns related to land: from forced evictions for urban regeneration and land reallocation (Angola, Brazil, Colombia, South Africa and Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), large-scale land acquisitions (Angola, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Colombia), oppression, control and violent land usurpation (Colombia and OPT) and overall land governance issues in all cases.

These publications are rooted in the work of Christian Aid’s partners in four countries – Angola, Colombia, Sierra Leone, OPT – chosen because they are part of a coherent programme funded by Christian Aid  Ireland with support from Irish Aid. Additional insight is provided from experiences in other countries: Brazil, India and South Africa.

It does not look at all contexts where Christian Aid works on the issue of land. The intention is not to draw parallels between these vastly different contexts; rather the publications seek to examine resistance to these dispossession and displacement.

Land Matters - Programme Toolkit (2015) 

The purpose of this toolkit is to help Christian Aid programmes develop and deepen strategies for working on land. It gives an overview of land issues in the global context and offers tips for conducting a power analysis.

Strategies from country case studies are grouped into community, national and international responses, and some key lessons and findings are outlined to enable programme staff to identify effective strategies.

Finally, risk and conflict are considered with a view to measuring risk and ensuring appropriate protection strategies are put in place.

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Land Matters: Dispossession and Resistance report (2015)

This report seeks to contribute to greater understanding of how people respond to and resist land dispossession. Regardless of the context or mechanisms of dispossession, victims face common experiences of marginalisation and the failure to respect human rights.

Christian Aid programmes show the full range of concerns related to land: from forced evictions for urban regeneration and land reallocation (Angola, Brazil, Colombia, South Africa and Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), large-scale land acquisitions (Angola, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Colombia), oppression, control and violent land usurpation (Colombia and OPT) and overall land governance issues in all cases.

The intention of this report is not to draw parallels between these vastly different contexts, rather it seeks to examine resistance to these dispossession and displacement.

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Large Scale Acquisitions policy paper (2015)

Since 2008 there has been a dramatic increase in demand for large-scale land acquisitions in developing countries from investors. The pace at which the demand for land intensified from 2008, as well as the size of the acquisitions, the long-term nature of the deals, and the global scope of the phenomenon all make the current ‘land rush’ distinctive.

Unless national policy and legal frameworks provide and implement adequate safeguards for local land and resource rights and effective mechanisms for participation in decision making, the supposed opportunities of agricultural investment will not materialise, and instead likely lead to increased marginalisation of people living in poverty.

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