Community Land Conflicts: How Local Land Disputes Affect Private Sector Investments and Development Projects

November 2017
Cloudburst Group

Over the past decade, a spike in demand for agricultural land in developing countries has generated much attention. While many investments bring opportunities for local communities, some have pushed residents and workers off their lands or have caused social and environmental harm. Local land conflicts are common in countries where land governance is weak, but can be hard for outsiders to spot. Failure to identify and address conflicts in a timely way can result in disputes escalating into wider conflicts. Investors may be inadvertently complicit in the wrongful displacement of people, which can lead to revocation of operational licenses or undermine the social license to operate.