6, July, 2016

Collective Land Access Regimes in Pastoralist Societies: Lessons from East African Countries

This study examines the evolution of collective land tenure regimes in East Africa including how they affect pastoral communities living on these lands. Specifically, we attempt to identify the drivers and impacts of changes in collective land access since the 1900s.

In order to isolate the drivers and consequences of change, we focus on three types of collective land tenure regimes, namely un-adjudicated communal lands and two types of group ranches – those that are intact and those that have been subdivided. Based on this evidence, we analyse the changes in these land tenure regimes across four periods from the colonial era to post-independence, through the structural adjustment period to present day, and provide a discussion around the drivers and effects on pastoral communities and their livelihoods.

Lilian Kirimi
Timothy Njeru

The authors work at Egerton University, Kenya

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