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The Challenge of Protecting Community Land Rights: An Investigation into Community Responses to Requests for Land and Resources

Executive Summary This is, in many ways, a heartbreaking report. Overall, the data suggest that community land documentation and legal empowerment initiatives are, on their own, not sufficient to balance the significant power and information asymmetries inherent in interactions between rural communities and government officials, coming on their own behalf or accompanying potential investors. Yet,…Read More

Check out the all new UrbanLinks

USAID’s Urban Team is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved UrbanLinks website. As USAID’s central hub for information about urban topics and programs, UrbanLinks provides valuable tools, resources, and insights from across the Agency and from our partners. Cross-Sector Resources Rapid urbanization touches upon practically all important development issues – enabling…Read More

USAID is now accepting applications for funding on land and resource governance research in select African countries!

USAID is pleased to announce the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Special Call for applications to support graduate students and their mentors interested in building their capacity for research on land and resource governance. One-year awards of up to $15,000 per research team (mentor and one or more graduate students and/or postdocs) are…Read More

In Tribute to a Land and Gender Champion: Chief Nyamphande

The international development community mourns the loss of Chief Nyamphande IV, a traditional chief of the Nsenga Tribe of Zambia, who passed away suddenly on January 17, 2020. Chief Nyamphande was a celebrated land champion known for promoting women’s land rights and access to land for all people across Zambia. An important USAID partner, Chief…Read More

Tackling Threats from Illegal Mining

By: Jeffrey Haeni, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment Around the world, at least 40 million people, mostly poor, work in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). Though it is typically informal in nature and workers often labor under difficult conditions, ASM accounts for approximately 20 percent of the world’s production…Read More

2019 Best of LandLinks

In 2019 LandLinks had its most successful year yet, including more than 219,000 page views across the site. Check out the top five most popular blogs, pages, and resources below. 1. Responsible Land-Based Investments Case Study Series One of the top pages in 2019 was this case study series highlighting USAID’s private sector engagement with…Read More