Germany's Official Development Assistance in Land Policy

27 September 2009

The German government's involvement in land policy is reflected through its support for technical land administration and management in more than 20 countries, while the engagement in redistributive land policies like land reform is almost non-existent.

The official development assistance (ODA) of the German government’s development cooperation (DC) is the fifth largest in the world. Since the mid-1990s, the German DC has become actively involved in land policy issues in more than 20 countries around the world. It is also an important actor in multilateral land policymaking.

The official aim of the German land policy is purportedly to effect poverty reduction. The expression of this policy is the commitment and support to technical land administration and management . However, engagement in redistributive land policies like land reform is almost non-existent.

A neglect of political issues – equity issues, redistribution, meaningful participation, human rights – is unlikely to lead to any significant positive impact on the rural poor in developing countries worldwide.

 
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