23 February 2012

Land Rights and Oil Pipelines

The film Quel Souvenir tells the story of the construction of an oil pipeline, with the help of the World Bank, to carry crude oil from Chad to Cameroon. It focuses on the lack of rights for the people who live along the planned pipeline. One of the issues at hand is the lack of land ownership. Without proper deeds, few people are able to make complete claims to their land.

There are many layers of powerlessness taking place here, but land ownership sits at the forefront. Landesa makes the case why land rights are important (for the data sources go here).

Finally, check out the interview on Africa Is a Country of the film's director Danya Abt and executive producer ValĂ©ry Nodem.