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Land Work
We all live on it. But who decides where people live?
LEAD works with various stakeholders involved in land. The project provides:

  • Training to Communal Land Boards
  • Research into the Land Reform & Redistribution Process

Training to Communal Land Boards
LEAD helped implement courses for Communal Land Boards to “implement sustainable development and environmentally sound decision-making principles” when allocating communal land rights. LEAD has also been involved in a training course to provide Communal Land Boards with improved conflict management skills.

Together with other stakeholders all of Namibia´s 12 communal land boards received regular training.

Learn more about the Communal Land Reform Act in this Guide.

Research into the Land Reform & Redistribution Process
The Namibia Government has greatly valued LEAD's expertise in the land reform programme, and the impact of LEAD studies on land reform has been extensive. With years of close observation of the land reform process, LEAD has authored several reports on land reform, land redistribution and land expropriation.

The following LAC produced publications are based on land reform in Namibia:

  • "One Day We Will be Equal": A Socio-Legal Perspective on the Namibian Land Reform and Resettlement Process (2002)
    This publication summarises the legal reforms on land and links to the history of land settlement in Namibia.

  • "Our Land We Farm": An Analysis of the Namibian Commercial Land Reform Process (2005)
    One of the first evaluations of the land reform proess im commercial agricultural areas. Includes a summary of legal reforms, data on the consequences and recommendations.

  • No Resettlement Available...(2007)
    An in-depth investigation of the first three commercial farm expropriations in Namibia. The publication offers an analysis of the legal process, what's been accomplished and makes recommendations.

  • Kessl - A New Jurisprudence for Land Reform in Namibia (2008)
    This publications looks at the first legal test of land expropriation in Namibia. The case, which addresses many aspects of the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement programme on land reform, upheld the principle of land expropriation but found the Ministry's administration of the process violated Namibian law on several grounds.

  • Protection for Women in Namibia's Communal Land Reform Act: Is it Working (2008)
    This research report investigates land rights for women in the four north-central regions of the country. The right of women to own land, and more specifically to inherit land in their own right is an increasingly topic issue as the HIV/AIDS pandemic continues to take its toll. Arguably, for the Namibian public and government, the single most important aspect of women's rights to land, or the lack thereof, has been the eviction of widows from the land they have cultivated.
    Read a Press Release about this Publication

  • Grazing rights in Namibia’s communal areas: A case study of a local land grabbing dispute in Western Kavango region (2014)
    A case study from Northern Namibia looks at the Owambo herders, faced by difficulties with grazing rights, fencing off of land and an eviction order. The study looks at the impact of the eviction order on the different groups involved, and to what extent it has been resolved. (by Theodor Muduva)