Read the latest news and blogs on land rights issues and investment


Read the latest news and blogs on land rights issues and investment

News and Blogs


Moving forward with communal land rights in Ethiopia: what are the legal solutions?

  Dr. Daniel Behailu

In Ethiopia, pastoralist communities and other communal land users face significant threats due to government policies which favour large-scale land investments and erode communal land rights.


Women lead the change - why women’s land rights matter in Dutch and EU’s Africa strategies

  Karin van Boxtel

Women own less than 20 percent of land in the world
Half of the world’s smallholder farmers are women
70 percent of Africa’s food is produced by women smallholder farmers


Human Rights Day: Land grabbing in Africa

  Caroline Kruckow

Three new case studies show: In the context of large-scale land investments in Africa, human rights violations and social as well as environmental damages are the rule, not the exception.


A more holistic approach to land governance: Recalibrating rights and obligations

  Mr. Lorenzo Cotula

In many parts of the world, large-scale projects such as agribusiness plantations, mines and infrastructure have heightened the policy imperative to recognise the rights of socially, politically an


The Global Land Rush, Revisited

  Mr. Lorenzo Cotula

When the US housing bubble burst in late 2008, it dragged major banks into liquidation and destabilised financial systems worldwide.


Job Opportunity: Senior Legal or Policy Researcher


CCSI is hiring a Senior Legal or Policy Researcher to work on our Land, Agriculture & Food Systems portfolio of projects. This position will collaborate with CCSI’s Director and Research Staff 


Congo: Govt reaches deal with the private sector to develop state land reserves

  Isaac K. Kassouwi

The Congolese government approved on September 20 the bill approving the partnership agreement with Total Nature Based Solutions (TNBS), Congo First Company (CFC), and Forest Neutral Congo (FNC) fo


Nearly half of investors in Africa have experienced disputes with local communities – new research


Almost half (46%) of investors surveyed in sub-Saharan Africa have experienced disputes with local communities over land, new research from the ODI and TMP Systems has found.


How do we channel the ESG investment boom towards low-income countries?

  Dr. Joseph Feyertag


Job Opportunity: Legal or Policy Researcher


This position will collaborate with the Director and Research Staff of the Law School's Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment to execute the Center’s applied research agenda on the laws, p