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Alain de Janvry, Gustavo Gordillo, Elisabeth Sadoulet, and Jean-Philippe Platteau

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242177.001.0001

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The Evolution of the World Bank's Land Policy

The Evolution of the World Bank's Land Policy

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Access to Land, Rural Poverty, and Public Action

Klaus Deininger

Hans Binswanger

Oxford University Press

In most rural areas in many developing countries, land, and the means to accumulate and transfer wealth between generations on the land, prove to be essential means for generating a livelihood. As such, the need arises for land access to be regulated, land rights to be assigned and imposed, and conflicts that involve the ownership of land to be resolved since these affect the economic and social status of households, the capacity of households to produce marketable surplus, their incentives for managing natural resources, and their capability to access financial markets. In this context, some of the most important public goods include administrative infrastructure and land rights for enabling land market operations. This chapter looks into how the World Bank had been able to issue the ‘Land Reform Policy Paper’ (LRPP) to address these needs.

Keywords:   World Bank, LRPP, land ownership, regulation, land rights, administrative structure

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