IIED - Land investments, accountability and the law: Lessons from West Africa

The recent wave of land deals for agribusiness investments has highlighted the widespread demand for greater accountability in the governance of land and investment. Legal frameworks influence opportunities for accountability, and recourse to law has featured prominently in grassroots responses to the land deals.

Drawing on comparative socio-legal research in Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal, this report explores how the law enables, or constrains, accountability in investment processes. The report develops a conceptual framework for understanding accountability; assesses how national law in the three countries influences opportunities for accountability; and provides pointers for research and action.

This report was prepared by IIED in collaboration with IED Afrique, LRMC and CED as part of the project “Pathways to accountability in the global land rush: Lessons from West Africa”, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). 

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