Securing the Commons: Tenure and Governance

Research has shown that sustainable and equitable management of the commons depends on groups having secure rights over the resources, as well as effective governance arrangements.  But secure tenure and institutions to govern the commons are lacking in many areas, and many land tenure reforms that emphasize individual land registration can undermine security of the commons.  This seminar will review promising approaches to strengthen collective resource rights and polycentric governance of the commons, with particular application to African contexts

About the Speaker

Ruth Meinzen-Dick is a Senior Research Fellow at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with over 25 years’ experience in transdisciplinary research on the commons, especially land and water. She is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications based on this research, and is the recipient of the Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons 2019 Senior Scholar award. 

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