Rural Land Certification in Ethiopia: Process, Initial Impact, and Implications for Other African Countries
Daniel Ayalew Ali
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Stein T. Holden
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Delft University of Technology
April 1, 2007
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4218
Although many African countries have recently adopted highly innovative and pro-poor land laws, lack of implementation thwarts their potentially far-reaching impact on productivity, poverty reduction, and governance. The authors use a representative household survey from Ethiopia where, over a short period, certificates to more than 20 million plots were issued to describe the certification process, explore its incidence and preliminary impact, and quantify the costs. While this provides many suggestions to ensure sustainability and enhance impact, Ethiopia's highly cost-effective first-time registration process provides important lessons.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: Agricultural Knowledge & Information Systems, Rural Development Knowledge & Information Systems, Common Property Resource Development, Land Use and Policies, Municipal Housing and Land
Date posted: April 24, 2007
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