THE RIPL PROJECT
Addressing Policy Gaps on Large Scale Land Acquisition in Ghana
Large scale land acquisitions affect indigenous communities in diverse ways. For many, these acquisitions lead to unfavorable consequences. This is especially so for small holder farmers and other vulnerable groups, many of whom lose access to their lands and effectively, their livelihoods and daily sustenance.
COLANDEF and Landesa are working together on the RIPL project with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID). Under this project, communities, government and investors in Ghana will be supported to participate in socially responsible, equitable and sustainable land-based investments.
For many small holder farmers, access to arable land is their only source of livelihood. When they lose access to their lands, poverty levels in these affected communities worsen.
In the face of the increasing attention to land-based investments and potential risks of dispossession of many local land rights, the international community has provided some global framework documents which contain principles for going about land based investments in a way that promotes responsible investment. Guidance documents such as the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) and Africa Union Guiding Principles have resulted from these international collaborations to help realize responsible management and implementation of land-based investments.
While these global standards are helpful in setting the high level standards that countries should meet, there are limitations to its application to the local dynamics in specific countries.
The Responsible Investments in Property and Land (RIPL) project was introduced to contribute to these ongoing global efforts. COLANDEF and Landesa have been co-implementers of the RIPL project with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID). Under this project, communities, government and investors in Ghana will be supported with steps-by-step guidance to participate in socially responsible, equitable and sustainable land-based investments.
Through field research and stakeholder engagements, the project team has collated in-country experiences in land-based investments and draft guidebooks have been developed out of that information. Consultations are on-going to finalize the guidebooks.
The RIPL project seeks to realize these outcomes:
Stakeholder endorsement and adoption of all three guidebooks.
Enhanced capacities of stakeholders to manage large-scale land acquisitions in equitable, transparent and socially responsible ways.