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Correction published on 6 July 2020, see Land 2020, 9(7), 219.

Going Beyond Panaceas: The Diversity of Land Observatory Forms in Africa

UMR TETIS, CIRAD, F-34398 Montpellier, France
Land Matrix Initiative, 00010 Rome, Italy
UMR 8586—PRODIG, F-93322 Aubervilliers, France
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, F-75231 Paris, France
UMR ART-DEV, CIRAD, F-34398 Montpellier, France
International Land Coalition, 00010 Rome, Italy
Madagascar Land Observatory, 101 Antananarivo, Madagascar
Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles, Bureau d’Analyses Macro-Economiques, BP 3120 Dakar, Senegal
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Received: 22 January 2020 / Revised: 21 February 2020 / Accepted: 23 February 2020 / Published: 1 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Land Socio-Economic and Political Issues)
In recent decades, mechanisms for observation and information production have proliferated in an attempt to meet the growing needs of stakeholders to access dynamic data for the purposes of informed decision-making. In the land sector, a growing number of land observatories are producing data and ensuring its transparency. We hypothesize that these structures are being developed in response to the need for information and knowledge, a need that is being driven by the scale and diversity of land issues. Based on the results of a study conducted on land observatories in Africa, this paper presents existing and past land observatories on the continent and proposes to assess their diversity through an analysis of core dimensions identified in the literature. The analytical framework was implemented through i) an analysis of existing literature on land observatories, ii) detailed assessments of land observatories based on semi-open interviews conducted via video conferencing, iii) fieldwork and visits to several observatories, and iv) participant observation through direct engagement and work at land observatories. We emphasize that the analytical framework presented here can be used as a tool by land observatories to undertake ex-post self-evaluations that take the observatory’s trajectory into account, or in the case of proposed new land observatories, to undertake ex-ante analyses and design the pathway towards the intended observatory. View Full-Text
Keywords: land observatories; diversity; sustainability; land governance; Africa land observatories; diversity; sustainability; land governance; Africa
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Grislain, Q.; Bourgoin, J.; Anseeuw, W.; Burnod, P.; Hershaw, E.; Diop, D. Going Beyond Panaceas: The Diversity of Land Observatory Forms in Africa. Land 2020, 9, 70.

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Grislain Q, Bourgoin J, Anseeuw W, Burnod P, Hershaw E, Diop D. Going Beyond Panaceas: The Diversity of Land Observatory Forms in Africa. Land. 2020; 9(3):70.

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Grislain, Quentin, Jeremy Bourgoin, Ward Anseeuw, Perrine Burnod, Eva Hershaw, and Djibril Diop. 2020. "Going Beyond Panaceas: The Diversity of Land Observatory Forms in Africa" Land 9, no. 3: 70.

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