The Community Based Rural Land Distribution Project (CBRLDP) is a World Bank-sponsored land redistribution programme, testing new approaches to Malawi's unequal land ownership patterns. Launched in 2004, the pilot has been running in four areas: Thyolo and Mulanje (sending families), Machinga and Mangochi (receiving settlers). The project aims to increase the incomes of about 15,000 families by providing land to the landless and land poor. This briefing paper is based on a study investigating the politics of land reform and land administration, and assessing the impact of this land reform programme. The study suggests that the pilot, widely seen as a testing-ground for national land reform, is unlikely to provide valuable lessons for a national roll-out.
IPPG Briefing Paper No. Twenty, 4 pp.