Fisheries in sub-Saharan Africa: A comparative study of property rights institutions and sustainable development

Research project

Short description

The purpose of this project was to provide high quality academic research and empirically grounded policy advice on the relationship between institutional arrangements and fisheries outcomes in Africa. More than comparing countries successful and less successful in
sustainably managing their fisheries; the project also added value to institutional theory by an explicit focus on enforcement mechanisms, i.e., the systems of monitoring, control and surveillance. The study also contributed to an understanding of why some countries’ fisheries are more sustainable than others, and it would also help identify best practices for other countries to follow. In addition, the focus on enforcement mechanisms also contributed to a deeper theoretical understanding of the institutional dynamics inherent in various property rights institutions.