Across West Africa, land lies at the heart of social, political and economic life. Issues of identity, conflict and corruption mean that land is rapidly rising up the agenda of governments and donor agencies. Competition for this asset of growing value and scarcity is asserted through a plurality of institutions, both customary and statutory. Drawing on insights from anthropology, law, political economy, history and institutional economics, this research programme has generated a wide range of written outputs, that are feeding into academic, policy and decision-making circles in Europe, Africa and globally.
DFID-funded activities were part of a larger programme of work, mainly funded by the European Commission (DG Research). Such larger programme has brought together eight organisations working on land rights and tenure in four West African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, and Mali.
After four years of work, Claims has generated an important amount of high-quality empirical research, engaged with practitioners and policy makers at national and regional level, and strengthened the capacity of young researchers to tackle land tenure issues through the application of rigorous methodologies.
This document includes:
1. the final narrative report for the Claims programme as a whole, summarising the main activities for the period 2002-2005;
2. the final narrative report for the IIED component within that programme;
3. the final scientific report (in French), summarising the main findings of the research programme (being published in both English and French). The report was prepared by five Claims researchers (the \"rapporteurs\") and reflects the rigour of Claims research activities.
Changes in land access, institutions and markets in West Africa (CLAIMS). Final Report (2002-2005), 114 pp.