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Functionality of the Land Certification Program in Ethiopia: Exploratory Evaluation of the Processes of Updating Certificates

by Logan Cochrane 1,2,* and Sebsib Hadis 3
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Global and International Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada
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Institute of Policy and Development Research, Hawassa University, P.O. Box 05 Hawassa, Ethiopia
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College of Social Science and Humanities, Wollo University, P.O. Box 1145 Dessie, Ethiopia
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Land 2019, 8(10), 149; https://doi.org/10.3390/land8100149
Received: 8 September 2019 / Revised: 6 October 2019 / Accepted: 10 October 2019 / Published: 12 October 2019
Ethiopia has implemented one of the world’s most cost-effective systems to document land holdings, the land certification system. After more than 15 years since its launch, questions have been raised regarding its functionality. Specifically, there are concerns about the process of updating land certificates, thus ensuring the certificates and the registry are up-to-date. This exploratory evaluation seeks to provide formative evidence regarding this question, and, if warranted, give direction as to where additional research is needed. We find that in some areas, the mechanisms for updating land certificates are functional and in other areas not. Based upon these findings, we suggest four areas for future research, namely: (1) assessing the extent of non-functionality on a broader scale, (2) investigating the causes of non-functionality and viable options for addressing the cases thereof, (3) how policy can best address uninheritable land due to its small size, and (4) evaluating the viability of the future of rural livelihoods and what services ought to be put in place to enable a transition that provides decent livelihood alternatives. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ethiopia; land tenure; land certification; evaluation; effectiveness; functionality Ethiopia; land tenure; land certification; evaluation; effectiveness; functionality
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Cochrane, L.; Hadis, S. Functionality of the Land Certification Program in Ethiopia: Exploratory Evaluation of the Processes of Updating Certificates. Land 2019, 8, 149.

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