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Tenure Security: Wishful Policy Thinking or Reality? A Case from Peri-Urban Ghana

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 September 2007


Janine M Ubink
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Researcher/lecturer at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Abstract

Many areas in Africa facing land shortage and competition witness increasingly restricted and insecure access to land for the poor majority. Mounting evidence of reduced tenure security shows that customary systems are often unable to evolve equitably. In contrast with this crisis in customary land administration, current international land policy is witnessing renewed interest in customary tenure systems. Ghana's current land policy resonates with this international trend. This article focuses on peri-urban Kumasi, Ghana, to acquire an insight into struggles and negotiations over customary land tenure in a rapidly urbanizing area. It then tries to explain why policymakers, in Ghana and in general, do not yet seem to have reflected the crisis in customary land management in their policies. The article concludes with some recommendations as to how policymakers could respond.


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