Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty
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Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty

Edited by Martha F. Davis, Morten Kjaerum and Amanda Lyons

This important Research Handbook explores the nexus between human rights, poverty and inequality as a critical lens for understanding and addressing key challenges of the coming decades, including the objectives set out in the Sustainable Development Goals. The Research Handbook starts from the premise that poverty is not solely an issue of minimum income and explores the profound ways that deprivation and distributive inequality of power and capability relate to economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.
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Chapter 19: The land rights-poverty nexus

Alfred Lahai Gbabai Brownell Sr.


This Chapter discusses a critical human right that is largely overlooked: How unsecured land rights drive poverty. International human rights laws do not recognize a right to land, even though unsecured land rights triggers corruption, conflicts and the resulting poverty dynamics across West Africa. It permits a migration trend enabling a rural to urban brain drain creating a poverty corridor - an end to end poverty encryption caused by a natural resource curse factor - a masked poverty driver. In order to remedy and alleviate global poverty, especially for vulnerable populations, the right to land must be secured. Recognizing this right is critical to build and sustain the resilience of peoples. This Chapter explores the right to land across West Africa and concludes that if rights to land are not secured, achieving the SDGs and poverty reduction will become unlikely and human rights may not be protected, respected and fulfilled.

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