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Project Profile: SecTenSusPeace

Securing Tenure, Sustainable Peace? The Challenges of Localizing Land-Registration in Conflict-Affected Burundi and Eastern DR Congo

Who?

Principal Investigators: Mattheus van Leeuwen, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Partners: Gemma van der Haar, Wageningen University, Netherlands
An Ansoms, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Sévérin Mugangu, Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural de Bukav, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Aymar Nyenyezi, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Emery Mudinga, Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kyle Hamilton, Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
David Peyton, Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sponsors: Wallonia and Brussels Federation, Belgium
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Netherlands
International Social Science Council

What?

Full Project Title: Securing Tenure, Sustainable Peace? The Challenges of Localizing Land-Registration in Conflict-Affected Burundi and Eastern DR Congo
Full Call Title: T2S2016
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Why?

Project Objective: The proposed research project aims to analyse the challenges of localized land registration in conflict-affected settings, and how policy makers and development organizations deal with
these. It complements technical know-how on land registration with insights from the social sciences, on how land governance reform not only affects tenure security, but interacts with conflict patterns. The main research questions are:

- How do new approaches to localize land registration shape tenure security in conflict-affected settings? This question looks at how programmes interact with patterns of access, claim-making and local institutional change. It pays particular attention to the impacts on vulnerable groups.

- In conflict-affected settings, how do new approaches to localize land registration impact on the occurrence and nature of local land-related disputes? This question
connects local patterns of land conflict to broader antagonisms and politics of belonging.

- How do different actors on the ground take up, interact with, renegotiate or resist these new approaches? This question pays particular attention to the response of local
elites, and discursive strategies of claim making.

- How can (inter)national development organizations, donors, and local governments better take account of these dynamics? This question zooms in on the ways in which
intervening agencies anticipate, monitor and adjust to the impacts of their programmes on tenure security and land conflict.
Call Objective: T2S has two major objectives:

To develop understanding of and promote research on transformations to sustainability which are of significant social, economic and policy concern throughout the world and of great relevance to both academics and stakeholders;

To build capacity, overcome fragmentation and have a lasting impact on both society and the research landscape by cultivating durable research collaboration across multiple borders, disciplinary boundaries, and with practitioners and societal partners. This includes facilitating the development of new research collaborations with parts of the world which are not often involved in large-scale international research efforts, notably low- and middle-income countries.

Where?

Regions: Africa
Countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

When?

Duration: 36 months
Call Date: July 6, 2017
Project Award Date: April 26, 2018