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WP/74 Environmental and Gender Impacts of Land Tenure Regularization in Africa

Although recent developments greatly increased interest in African land tenure, few models to address these issues at the required scale have been identified or evaluated. Rwanda’s nation-wide land tenure regularization programme is of great interest. A discontinuity design with spatial fixed effects that is used to evaluate the pilot for this programme points to three main effects; namely, (i) improved land access for legally married women and better recordation of inheritance rights; (ii) significant and large investment impacts that are particularly pronounced for women; and (iii) a reduction in land market activity rather than distress sales. Implications for programme design and policy are discussed.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2011/74
Title:
WP/74 Environmental and Gender Impacts of Land Tenure Regularization in Africa
Authors:
Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger, and Markus Goldstein
Publication date:
November 2011
Keywords:
gender, agricultural investment, land administration, Rwanda
JEL:
J16, O13, Q12, Q15
Project:
Land Inequality and Decentralized Governance in LDCs
Sponsor:
UNU-WIDER acknowledges the financial contributions to the research programme by the governments of Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
Format:
online
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