Land Tenure Insecurity on the Zambian Copperbelt, 1998: Anyone Going Back to the Land?

March 2001
Robin Palmer (Oxfam GB Land Policy Adviser)

Outlines Oxfam’s land research on the Copperbelt in 1998. Updated version of 1998 paper examining how people whose livelihoods once depended on the copper mines have begun looking for land and the problems they have encountered on forest and ZCCM land, with the 1995 Lands Act, and with party politics. Highlights the lack of coordinated responses to the problem and concludes with the main developments following the sale of the mines in 2000 and the attitudes of the new owners towards squatters.