Tackling land corruption in developing countries

December 2016
LEGEND Briefing

Land corruption ranges from petty bribes to government kickbacks and political patronage. Research has found that frequently public officials grant access to land or land-related services in exchange for bribes and favours. Commercial land developers seeking amenable planning decisions may collude with officials and community leaders. Local elites seeking to attract foreign investment may also exert undue influence over decisions relating to land titles or new developments at the expense of poor communities with rightful claims to the land. Explores the causes of land corruption and sets out positive actions businesses, governments, funders and civil society can take to reduce the risk of corruption and safeguard vulnerable communities.