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Tools for » PBF/LBR/A-9: Support to the establishment of a land disputes prevention and resolution system in Liberia - Phase 2
Project ID:00088029Description:PBF/LBR/A-9: Support to the es
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 30 Oct 2013
Democratic Governance -W2
End Date*: 30 Apr 2015
Country: Liberia Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNHABITAT - UN Centre for Human Settlement

Project Description:

Grievances over land are seen as both a cause and consequence of Liberia’s civil war; this project will take both a bottom-up and top-down approach to land conflict resolution, first by supporting the resolution of real-time conflicts at local level and the collection of data and evidence from that work; this in turn will be used for policymaking at the central level to prevent and resolve future conflicts.

Key Project Activities:

Strengthening the emerging alternative system for the formalised, non-judicial resolution of land disputes, and developing solutions for those who may be displaced in such disputes, increases tenure security, addresses land grievances and strengthens capacity for peaceful conflict mitigation. This in turn promotes peace and reconciliation.

  •  Activity/Output 1: Strengthened capacity for land dispute resolution will prevent conflict escalation and promote social cohesion; lessons learned from the dispute resolution work—including of the activity’s impact on women--will lead to a national policy on land dispute resolution. Increased coordination with other PBF-funded projects, including through a dedicated staff position, will also enhance PBF impact by ensuring that projects in key related areas (management of natural resources, justice and security, and women’s land tenure) function together rather than separately, thus optimising resources and increasing effectiveness.
  •  Activity/Output 2: Studies of real-time cases will provide a basis for a resettlement policy for persons displaced in urban areas, aimed at promoting sustainable solutions and reducing the conflict risk inherent in mass displacements, particularly in poor urban areas.
  •  Activity/Output 3: Technical assistance to the Land Commission is it is transitioning to a new national land agency will ensure that land dispute resolution work is effectively linked to the new decentralised land administration system envisioned for the new land agency.


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