World Bank Report on Land Ownership, Productivity, and Economic Growth in Africa

In "Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity, " the World Bank's Frank Byamugisha argues that a $4.5 billion investment in formalizing land ownership in Sub-Saharan Africa is needed to promote and sustain inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in the region. Amortized over a ten year period, this represents approximately 1.7% of current official development assistance (ODA) resources devoted to the region. There is no magic required. Land reform is an area that is well understood and supported by experience drawn from various models and approaches. The economic and social benefits of formalization are well documented and extensive. What is required is a broad international support for a pan-African implementation framework that is capable of avoiding capture by entrenched local interests, flexible enough to accommodate differences in legal and normative regimes, and respects local self-determination. This is one of very few development challenges that through focus, commitment, and hard work can deliver truly transformative results at scale.

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