Edited by Martha F. Davis, Morten Kjaerum and Amanda Lyons
Chapter 19: The land rights-poverty nexus
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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