Call edition 2012
A new edition of the Prize of the Belgian Development Cooperation has been launched. This call is open until March 31st, 2011. You can read in the regulations whether you comply with the criteria for participation.
Mr Babo’s thesis deals with how traditions related to land and property management methods have developed in the wake of the socio-economic changes that have occurred in Ivory Coast communities. He tackles the two fundamental issues of improving the knowledge regarding the methods of management of natural resources used by the rural populations and participating in the development of methods of intervention in rural areas which will meet the needs of the population without undermining the initial equilibrium.
Rather than covering the entire country, the study focuses on a carefully chosen region. It reveals how traditions have evolved, particularly in relation to the management and appropriation of land, and shows the role the younger generations play in the management of rural land when traditionally they had no decision-making rights on this land. It also shows the impact of development projects on the evolution of property customs and practices and the consequences of the socio-economic changes on the communities studied.
This thesis is highly relevant to development, in that it uses the experience gained in the field over a long period of time as a basis on which to evaluate the impact of rural development on the day-to-day life of a given population. And although this study is descriptive, it allows a comparison to be made between the academic theories on development and the reaction of the African populations. The new approach to land-ownership will bring about changes in the demographic structure, a greater role for the younger generations in the decision-making process, and a crisis in traditional land management methods, all of which are changes that are necessary and useful to development.
Report written by Prof. Dr Ch. Ntampaka, Law Faculty, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium