Decentralised Land Governance: Case studies and local voices from Botswana, Madagascar and Mozambique

June 2011
Karin Kleinbooi, Rick De Satge with Christopher Tanner

The three case studies are located against the backdrop of changing land governance, tenure policy and legislation in Botswana, Madagascar and Mozambique. They examine how power and authority over decision-making and resources or functions is distributed between central, regional and local levels of governance. They explore the roles and perspectives of other actors such as non-governmental bodies, traditional governance institutions, user associations or village committees, the private sector and other organisations of civil society. Local voices identify lessons for policy and practice and highlight advocacy actions required to secure the land rights of vulnerable people in poor communities.