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The politics of land, governance and development in Africa

When: Thursday, 24 October 2019 - Thursday, 24 October 2019
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
School of Social Sciences Seminar Room 4 (RS 248), Robert Sobukwe Building
Start time:13:00

The Faculty of Humanities will host this Mapping African Futures seminar by Guma Kunda Komey Kalo from University of Bahri, Sudan.

African governments and policy makers are in general centralising the governance of land rights and in the process eroding land rights of rural communities. Simultaneously, African governments are sanctioning large scale land-based investments by international investors at the expense of local communities. The seminar will provide evidence from Sudan that this approach to development is unlikely to lead to sustainable social and economic transformation of the continent. Strengthening land rights of rural communities and public investment in uplifting rural livelihoods appears to offer a more sustainable path to development. The discussion will primarily focus on Sudan’s experience with the land and agrarian question, and the relevance this holds for South Africa’s on-going land question and Africa in general.

The seminar will be chaired by Samuel Kariuki.

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