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Commercial Pressures on Land and Their Impact on Child Rights: A review of the literature


  • Bethelhem Ketsela Moulat
  • Ian Brand-Weiner
  • Ereblina Elezaj
  • Lucia Luzi


This paper aims to provide a comprehensive review of the existing literature on the political economy of CPLs with the specific intention of mapping the relevant channels of impact on the rights and well-being of children living in rural areas where CPLs are fast-proliferating. Although there are some documented benefits, according to the large majority of the literature reviewed, the twin outcomes of displacement and dispossession are found to be critical negative socio-economic changes resulting from CPLs. In conjunction with a pervasive lack of transparency in the land transfer negotiation and implementation processes, the twin outcomes are in turn associated with a number of transmission channels that can impact the rights and well-being of children in affected rural communities.

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  • Bethelhem Ketsela Moulat & Ian Brand-Weiner & Ereblina Elezaj & Lucia Luzi, 2012. "Commercial Pressures on Land and Their Impact on Child Rights: A review of the literature," Papers inwopa667, Innocenti Working Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa667

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    1. Annelies Zoomers, 2011. "Introduction: Rushing for Land: Equitable and sustainable development in Africa, Asia and Latin America," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 54(1), pages 12-20, March.
    2. Klaus Deininger & Derek Byerlee & Jonathan Lindsay & Andrew Norton & Harris Selod & Mercedes Stickler, 2011. "Rising Global Interest in Farmland : Can it Yield Sustainable and Equitable Benefits?," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2263, April.
    3. Caroline Harper & Nicola Jones, 2011. "Impacts of Economic Crises on Child Well‐being," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 29, pages 511-526, September.
    4. Ruth Hall, 2011. "Land grabbing in Southern Africa: the many faces of the investor rush," Review of African Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(128), pages 193-214, June.
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    business economics; displaced children; equal access; land acquisition; land speculation; marginality;

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    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration

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