LUI Che Woo Prize - Prize for World Civilisation Laureate Public Lecture 2017 - Welfare Betterment Prize

Abstract of the Lecture

Drawing on broad lessons from economic history, impact studies, and Landesa’s decades of experience, Hanstad will discuss the “what”, “why”, and “how” of secure and equitable land rights.  In doing so, he will connect the dots between land rights and some of the planet’s most formidable challenges, including poverty, food security, conflict, climate change, economic growth, and inequality.  Topics covered will include:

  • What are land rights?
  • Why are land rights important?
  • Are secure land rights foundational for alleviating poverty or building peaceful and prosperous societies?
  • What are the gender implications?
  • Comparing China’s and India’s rural land reforms:  What are the lessons, challenges, and opportunities?
  • What is the way forward for land rights reform in Africa?
  • What are the potential roles for government, civil society, business sector, and academia in helping to get “land rights right”?


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