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Public overseas investments: rapid evidence assessment

How public overseas investments from developed countries impact on legitimate land tenure rights in developing countries.

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Projects that require large areas of land have been the focus of much controversy in recent years. Several international conferences on ‘land grabbing’ have focused on concerns expressed about the social consequences of ‘large scale land acquisitions’, including the impact these projects have on land tenure rights.

This rapid evidence assessment investigates how public overseas investments supported by developed country governments respect legitimate land tenure rights, especially in countries without a strong system for protecting existing tenure rights.

Published 27 October 2015