Guest commentary by Getachew Dibaba, Communication Specialist, USAID Ethiopia LAND Project. On June 9, 2016, Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, announced the decision to develop a comprehensive national land use policy that provides a framework for a holistic and sustainable use of land to achieve social and economic development.
USAID has issued a Request for Information/Sources Sought Notice for conducting market research to identify potential sources capable of providing support services and solicit advice, knowledge, and best practices from organizations interested in participating in USAID's technical assistance within the Land and Resource Governance (LRG) sector. Read the full notificaiton here.
Guest commentary by Ailey Hughes, Rwanda LAND Project. Since its inception, the USAID Rwanda LAND Project has produced a rich body of research on land issues in Rwanda. However, the project identified a need to broaden dissemination of the information and policy recommendations contained in the research.
With a predominantly agrarian economy, land has been and will continue to be an important production asset for both farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia. After a long period of feudal and customary land ownership, all land became public property in 1975 subject to long-term use rights. Still, a number of challenges to tenure security remained, and in the late 1990s, the Government...
Commentary by Chad Dear, USAID, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science Policy Fellow. “Do no harm”—the notion that we must consider, avoid, and mitigate the possible harm that any intervention might do—is a fundamental principle of humanitarian assistance and development.


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