Civil Society, ‘Good Governance’ and Land Rights in Africa – Some Reflections

September 2006
Robin Palmer (Oxfam GB Global Land Adviser)

Contains three stories, ‘good governance’, a focus on governments, civil society, international NGOs, donors (including critical thoughts on DFID and FAO), cites the works of Kaori Izumi, some concluding thoughts. Argues that there is no culture of genuine democratic political engagement in modern Africa, with governments and civil society deeply distrustful of each other, and that space is being diminished.

Paper for FAO Expert Meeting on Good Governance in Land Tenure and Administration