On African Land Holding - A Review of Tenurial Change and Land Policies in Anglophone Africa

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This is a wide-ranging review of past and present land tenurial change and the recommended future evolution of land policies in anglophone Africa. Viewed against the influence of recent political events, and current difficulties, needs and potentials are investigated and recommendations made which could permit modernization while respecting traditional values. The approach throughout is legal, institutional and administrative. Alternative ideological solutions are explored through the medium of past legislative attempts and subsequent failures.


“. . . represents a lifetime’s study, research and reflection and looks forward to necessary reforms on the basis of what has happened in the past. It takes an integrated view of African tenure problems although individual sections deal specifically with countries. It deserves to be read and taken into account in the policy debates which are taking place both in countries and in international agencies, such as the World Bank.” – Michael Mortimore

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
Preface; Foreword
1. The Study of African Tenurial Systems
2. On Indigenous Settlement, European Incursion and Colonial Rule
3. Land Policies: Independence and Beyond (Ghana, Nigeria; Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia; Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa)
4. On Formalizing the Land Tenurial System
5. Towards a National Land Code
6. The Republic of South Africa: An Appreciation of Post-Apartheid land Reform Intentions
7. The Prospects of Democratic Physical Planning in Anglophone Africa
8. A Speculative View of Future Land Resource Relationships in Sub-Saharan Africa
Appendix One: Brief Chronologies of Recent Political and other Events in sub-Saharan countries
Appendix Two: bibliography of Principal Sources referred to in the Text

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