Absent voices- Women and Youth in Communal Land Governance. Reflections on Methods and Process from Exploratory Research in West and East Africa

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    Abstract

    An increasing number of African States are recognizing customary land tenure. Yet, there is a lack of research on how community rights are recognized in legal and policy frameworks, how they are implemented in practice, and how to include marginalized groups. In 2018–2019, we engaged in collaborative exploratory research on governing natural resources for food sovereignty with social movement networks, human rights lawyers and academics in West and East Africa. In this article, we reflect on the process and methods applied to identify research gaps and partners (i.e., two field visits and regional participatory workshops in Mali and Uganda), with a view to share lessons learned. In current debates on the recognition and protection of collective rights to land and resources, we found there is a need for more clarity and documentation, with customary land being privatized and norms rapidly changing. Further, the voices of women and youth are lacking in communal land governance. This process led to collaborative research with peasant and pastoralist organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Mali and Guinea, with the aim to achieve greater self-determination and participation of women and youth in communal land governance, through capacity building, participatory research, horizontal dialogues and action for social change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number266
    Number of pages14
    JournalLand
    Volume9
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2020

    Bibliographical note

    © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

    Funder

    11th Hour Project, The Schmidt Family Foundation.

    Keywords

    • COVID-19
    • Collective rights
    • Communal land governance
    • Constituencies
    • Gender
    • Participatory action research
    • Right to land
    • Transdisciplinary approach
    • West and East Africa
    • Women and youth

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Global and Planetary Change
    • Ecology
    • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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