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Land, People, and the State in Afghanistan: 2002 – 2012

This paper reviews the formal treatment of land rights in Afghanistan over the post-Bonn decade (2002 – 2012). The objective is to document the developments in the recent past to better understand present and possible future trends.

Land Governance at the Crossroads: A Review of Afghanistan’s Proposed New Land Management Law

Afghanistan’s longstanding Land Management Law, last revised in 2008, is again under review. More than 100 amendments had been formally proposed by mid-2012. So far the proposed changes are mainly editorial and do not reform problematic fundamentals of the law. Read More

Looking for Peace on the Pastures: Rural Land Relations in Afghanistan

This paper synthesises the lessons learned from a study of land tenure relations in Bamiyan, Badakhshan and Faryab Provinces. It also offers recommendations on how to move forward from the existing muddle of land policy and law to engage in Read More

Rural Land Relations in Conflict: A Way Forward

This briefing paper draws upon case studies from Bamiyan, Badakhshan and Faryab Provinces to examine the tensions that exist around land use and ownership. It also offers recommendations to policymakers to assist in rectifying conflict over pasture lands.

Land Relations in Faryab Province: Findings from a Field Study in 11 Villages

This report presents the findings from a field study conducted in Faryab Province in November 2003. It represents the second of three field studies on rural land relations conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). A synthesis and Read More

Putting Rural Land Registration in Perspective: The Afghanistan Case

The thrust of land planning by the post-Taliban administration in Afghanistan is toward the establishment of nationwide registration of property rights. This objective typifies post-conflict strategising, reflecting the combined concerns to bring order to disorderly conditions and to establish the Read More

Land Relations in Bamyan Province: Findings from a 15 Village Case Study

Exploration and analysis of land relations in Afghanistan have been remarkably slight, both historically and in the present “post-conflict” period. This paper on Bamiyan Province is the first of a series of studies that were carried out in central, north-western, Read More

Land and the Constitution: Current Land Issues in Afghanistan

This briefing paper contains an overview of land tenure issues in Afghanistan in 2003, suggestions for moving forward on policy and legal issues, and detailed suggestions for two articles on land to be incorporated in the new Afghan constitution.

Land Rights in Crisis: Restoring Tenure Security in Afghanistan

Land tenure—the holding and transacting of land—has been peripheral in Afghanistan’s planning agenda. The new Afghan Transitional Authority (ATA) has not been particularly well-served by the assistance community in this area. Though a range of policy advisories have been issued Read More