The Social Dimensions of Land Rights Reform in Liberia, David Brown

This seminar was concerned with policy coherence in a post-conflict society, Liberia. It examined the challenges faced in attempting to develop public policy in ways that both respond to progressive thinking and protect the interests of the poor. This theme was illustrated using recent land legislation, notably the 2013 Land Rights Policy and the 2016 Land Rights Bill. The presentation explored the ways in which pressures for reform of customary governance and gender relations impinge on existing institutions for land management, and may affect the ability of the poor to defend their interests in the face of the invasion of external capital.