Global land rush and democratic governance in host countries
Organized by Cambodia Research Group, VU University Amsterdam (www.cambodiaresearch.org)
4-5 April 2012
Call for Papers
The intent is to explore the relationship between the recent global land rush and the quality of democratic governance in different developing countries hosting rising influx of foreign capital. The workshop will discuss a few questions including observable impacts of global land rush in host countries, its contribution to the advancement or obstruction of hosting countries’ progress toward democratic governance; and feasible strategies to overcome the difficulty of widespread land conflicts and other adverse impacts. Specific attention will be paid to impacts on possibilities for/shifts towards inclusive development within weak governance contexts. The outcome of the workshop is intended as a seminal contribution to the comparative debate on land tenure security, the politics of land reform, and political economy in developing countries in Asia and Africa; both continents are the main targets of large-scale land acquisitions.