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Common Ground: Land rights and wrongs

Six programmes explore the effects of land rights on people in India, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Based on research about development, they reveal the many barriers to owning land and homes, and their wide-ranging - sometimes devastating - consequences.

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Common Ground: Land rights and wrongs

Supporting image - Common Ground: Land rights and wrongs Six programmes explore the effects of land rights on people in India, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Based on research about development, they reveal the many barriers to owning land and homes, and their wide-ranging - sometimes devastating - consequences.

This series has been produced as part of Panos' RELAY .

Date published: 03/05/2006


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Zimbabwe: Bulldozed but not broken

In 2005 the Zimbabwean government embarked on a clean-up of its cities and towns, aiming to get rid of illegal housing, slum areas and illegal traders. But a UN report estimates around 700,000 people lost their homes through the programme. Derek Moyo visited people in Harare affected by the clearances.


Date published: 03/05/2006

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India: Running from the flames

Mining can bring wealth and progress or ill-health and environmental damage. In the Jharia coalfield in India's Bihar state, underground fires caused by mining are threatening the safety of the local residents. But many don't want to leave. Nilanjana Bhowmick reports.


Date published: 03/05/2006

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Zambia: Crowded house

Once most of the housing in Zambia’s capital Lusaka was rented - now people are encouraged to own their houses. But research has revealed that selling off state-owned housing stock has led to higher rents and more overcrowding. Arnold Tutu visited a shared house in Lusaka to hear how living too close for comfort can take its toll.


Date published: 03/05/2006

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Kenya: Wives are property

Women in Kenya cannot inherit ancestral land - that is land passed down through families or allocated by traditional chiefs. For many women this custom makes sense - they enjoy their place in the family without worrying about their future security. But for others it can mean destitution. Eric Kadenge reports from Nairobi.

Journalist: Eric Kadenge

Date published: 03/05/2006

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Malawi: Fields of hope

Owning land is seen as the key to staving off hunger in many agricultural economies. Faced with dwindling acres of land, and thousands of landless people, Malawi's government has started to give away plots to the very poorest people. But can it work in the long term? Hilary Mbobe reports.

Journalist: Hilary Mbobe

Date published: 03/05/2006

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Senegal: Fighting for future generations

In the Senegalese village of Poponguine, 70 kms east of Dakar, a women’s group is making history. They have decided to conserve the coastal land afflicted by environmental degradation, and have set up a tourist camp to bring money into their village. Hamadou Tidiane Sy filed this report.


Date published: 03/05/2006

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