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.
The Economics and Politics of Land Reforms in Malawi: A Case Study of the Community Based Rural Land Development Programme (CBRLDP).