This is one of a number of PLOW learning resources designed to support the professional development of DFID livelihoods advisers. Each learning resource comprises an overview of the subject in a briefing note; key texts; a summary of recent policy debates; points on where to find other resources; and a glossary of key terms used in the briefing note. This briefing note describes the crucial role secure access to land plays in rural and urban/semi-urban livelihoods and how equitable access to land is the basis for pro-poor and socially inclusive economic growth. Competition for land may lead to conflict situations. Possible areas of donor intervention and the land rights issues that need to be taken into consideration are discussed.
This resource was produced by the Programme of Advisory and Support Services (PASS) in partnership with Livelihoods Connect at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). PASS was a Resource Centre for Livelihoods Advisers that was funded by DFID and managed by HTSPE Limited. The Resource Centre closed in 2007.
Toulmin, C.; Quan, J.; Harvey, J.; Farrington, J.; Payne, G. PLOW learning resource: Land and property rights. Programme of Advisory and Support Services (PASS), Hemel Hempstead, UK (2005) 12 pp.