Rural Land Certification in Ethiopia: Process, Initial Impact, and Implications for Other African Countries

31 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016  

Daniel Ayalew Ali

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Klaus Deininger

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Stein T. Holden

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Jaap Zevenbergen

Delft University of Technology

Date Written: April 1, 2007

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Agricultural Knowledge & Information Systems, Rural Development Knowledge & Information Systems, Common Property Resource Development, Land Use and Policies, Municipal Housing and Land

Suggested Citation

Ali, Daniel Ayalew and Deininger, Klaus and Holden, Stein T. and Zevenbergen, Jaap, Rural Land Certification in Ethiopia: Process, Initial Impact, and Implications for Other African Countries (April 1, 2007). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4218. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=981826

Daniel Ayalew Ali

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Klaus Deininger (Contact Author)

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC) ( email )

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World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

Stein T. Holden

Norwegian University of Life Sciences ( email )

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Norway
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Jaap Zevenbergen

Delft University of Technology

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Delft, 2628 CN
Netherlands

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