Land reform, conflict and poverty eradication in Southern Africa – case analysis of selected countries

The definition of land reform is not easy. Even in the most stable countries, it is a volatile and politically challenging process. This study seeks to critically engage with the nexus that informs land and agrarian reforms, poverty reduction and conflict prevention/reduction in five southern African countries: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Mozambique. In essence what are some of the key prerequisites that must be adhered to in any land reform programme, if the reform initiatives are going to contribute to poverty reduction. And conflict reduction in these countries.

African Journal on Conflict Resolution Vol 12, No 1, 2012

The African Journal on Conflict Resolution is a biannual peer-reviewed journal published by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) for the multidisciplinary subject field of conflict resolution. It appears on the list of journals accredited by the South African Department of Education. ACCORD is a non-governmental, non-aligned conflict resolution organisation based in Durban, South Africa. ACCORD is constituted as an education trust. The journal seeks to publish articles and book reviews on subjects relating to conflict, its management and resolution, as well as peace-making, peacekeeping and peace building in Africa. It aims to be a conduit between theory and practice. Views expressed in this journal are not necessarily those of ACCORD. While every attempt is made to ensure that the information published here is accurate, no responsibility is accepted for any loss or damage that may arise out of the reliance of any person upon any of the information this journal contains.



Madagascar, March 2013

Gender violence a rampant

Recent studies by Gender Links Botswana has revealed that ovr two thirds of women in Botswana (67) experience some form of gender violence in their life time.
The study says 44% of men admit to perpetrating violence against women . Roos van Dorp , Gender Links Program Officer told Global Post that while Botswana is doing enough to eliminate gender based violence , statistics still show that violence is still high and prevalent in the country.

Women’s Land Rights in Southern Africa: Consolidated baseline finding from Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

The report presents the consolidated findings from five national baseline studies that were undertaken in 2009 in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The baseline findings show that women farmers do not only need associations, but they also need agricultural extension support on the ground is reaching women compared men. However, what is clear that the support is not enough due to inadequate extension staff, gender insensitive programming and lack of awareness.

The Right to Land and Justice for Women in Africa: African Womne’s Land Rights Conference Red Court Hotel, 30 May – 2 June 2011, Nairobi, Kenya

The booklet discusses the African Women’s land conference held in Nairobi Kenya. The meting as participatory allowing engagement of participants . Its objectives were to share case studies and testimonies and engage in discussion , drawing on the wide experience and empirical information on the status and new knowledge relating to Women’s Rights to Land within the continent.

Chance for rural women: government focus is on ulocking opportunities for those in rural areas

The government has opened up opportunities for thousands of women, particularly in rural areas, with one of its youth programmes absorbing a number of unemployed rural women into labour market. Minster of Rural Development and Land reform Gugile Nkwinti said on Friday that up to 7000 women were now employed through the national you rural service corps.

Kenya’s women still denied land despite change in Law

For Mary Sadera, a farmer in Kenya’s Rift Valley, none of the sweeping rights women won two years ago matter if she doesn’t own the land she tills. A rail-thin mother of 11, she is entitled to it under the new constitution adopted in 2010. That’s on paper. In reality, her husband, John, who no longer beats her and let her manage three acres (1.2 hectares) of the family farm by herself, can’t imagine actually putting any of it in her name.

South Africa: civil rights groups, activists team up against Traditional Courts Bill

This thematic media highlight analyses media articles that reported about (in)famous South Africa’s Traditional Courts Bill. The draft law sparked debate in 2008 an outcry in 2008 when the country’s National Assembly fist tabled. Critiques are opposing the bill arguing that it will strip millions of rural people’s rights. This media highlight analyses the four articles from a gender perspective

Thoko Didiza

Thoko Didiza

Not too far from her office, the former teacher’s one time student, now Minister of Lands and Agriculture Thoko Didiza has a similar set of measures for her staff. At the beginning of her tenure, she created a mythical figure called Ma (mother) Zondi. Every time staff presented policy options, they had to tell her how these policies would affect the life of Ma Zondi, a poor rural farmer. In time, Sisi (sister) Pam joined Ma Zondi as another yardstick. Sisi Pam is young, educated, an entrepreneur who wants to become a farmer. And the question to staff is: how do we help her get there?