IPI HomePublicationsPolicy PapersHousing, Land, Property and Conflict Management: Identifying Policy Options for Rule of Law Programming

 

print print  |  share share back back

Policy Papers - October 15, 2005

Housing, Land, Property and Conflict Management: Identifying Policy Options for Rule of Law Programming

Agnes Hurwitz, Kaysie Studdard, and Rhodri Williams

 

 

Housing, land and property (HLP) policies should, as far as possible, be addressed in conjunction to ensure that residential and land rights are dealt with more comprehensively by domestic and international actors. Recent policy research and field practice have highlighted the need to consistently address HLP disputes in order to help break cyclical conflict and provide better conditions for social and economic development. As stated in the UN Secretary-General’s report, issues surrounding the transparent, equitable and efficient implementation of rights to housing, land and property repeatedly come to the fore as key rule of law concerns. Yet, capacity to assess and respond effectively still lags behind and does not receive systematic attention in the planning and implementation of international development and peacebuilding programs, especially within the UN system. Addressing this issue requires greater institutional attention through improved planning for HLP contingencies in development and postconflict settings and appropriate resource allocation.


Against this backdrop, IPI convened an Experts’ Workshop on Land, Property and Conflict Management, on December 2-3, 2004, organized by the rule of law project within the Security-Development Nexus Program. The Experts’ Workshop brought together scholars, policy-makers and practitioners from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to: a) discuss the importance of land and property disputes as they relate to violent conflict; b) contribute to a better understanding of the nature of land and property disputes and of their impact on past and potential conflict; and c) identify a set of policy recommendations and operational tools that are available to ensure the peaceful settlement of property and land disputes, and the establishment of legally secure property regimes.



The Global Observatory

MH17 Tragedy Could Accelerate Deterioration of Geopolitical Relations
Besides being a horrific human tragedy, the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 risks becoming the accelerator of today's deteriorating geopolitical relations between Russia and the West.

Key Global Events to Watch in July
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

July 17, 2014
EU and UN Seek Ways to Improve Cooperation in Peacekeeping
The European Union is among the strongest supporters of UN peacekeeping missions around the globe, but the growing challenges faced by UN-led operations have raised the need for better EU-UN cooperation, both on the ground and at the planning level.

July 01, 2014
SRSG Johnson: South Sudan Crisis Changed UNMISS “Mindset”
Hilde Johnson, the outgoing Head of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), gave an overflow IPI audience a dramatic account of the challenging situation that has faced the United Nations in the country since the eruption of mass violence at the end of last year.

June 25, 2014
Mousavian: Iran and US Have Serious Chance for Rapprochement
From Iraq to Syria, from energy to counterterrorism, Iran and the United States share many common interests across the Middle East and ought to put aside their decades of hostility, said author and former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian.

View More