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LARRI Webinar: Land Use Planning and Land Rights: The Politics of Access to Resources in Tanzania

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Samhälle & ekonomi

Welcome to the 2nd LARRI Webinar of 2024 on Land Use Planning and Land Rights. Dr William Walwa of the University of Dar es Salaam will make a presentation entitled “The Politics of Access to Resources in Tanzania”. Dr Chris Huggins of the University of Ottawa will act as Discussant.

24 apr 2024
13:00 - 15:00

The Land Rights Research Initiative


Tanzania’s Land Use Planning Act (2007) empowers community members to participate in the preparation and implementation of land use plans. However, experience shows that local governments have often infringed on the rights of people to participate. In other cases, however, such as Msomera Village in Handeni District, Tanga Region, the central government stepped in to prepare the land use plan. Thus, the question of interest to this paper is – how is the centralization of land use plans helping to increase access to land and resolve land conflicts? The paper argues that the centralization is exacerbating conflicts over access to land. In particular, centralization violates community land rights by imposing the predetermined land use plans of the government. Similarly, the centralization violates the cultural rights of pastoralists. Finally, it argues that centralization has securitized land use plans. The land use plan exercise became a security operation as opposed to a participatory exercise.

Discussant: Dr Chris Huggins is Associate Professor of Globalization & Development at the University of Ottawa

Programme: Presentation by Dr William Walwa followed by comments/questions from Dr Chris Huggins. A short break will then be followed by a plenary discussion facilitated by Dr Lasse Krantz.


About LARRI - Land Rights Research Initiative

The Land Rights Research Initiative (LARRI) is an initiative hosted by the Unit of Human Geography, Department of Economy and Society at University of Gothenburg. The initiative was launched 2012 and is meant as a platform for discussion, exchange of ideas and information as well as for promoting collaboration among researchers, students and other actors interested in land rights issues from a poverty and development perspective in a context of global change.