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Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Program: Underinvestment in Post-Conflict Transformation

Authors
Journal
World Development
0305-750X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
32
Issue
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2004.06.005
Keywords
  • Southern Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Land Reform
  • Conflict
  • Resettlement
Disciplines
  • Political Science

Abstract

Summary In Zimbabwe’s current crisis, it is easy to overlook the fact that the country had a resettlement program for two decades before the large-scale, politically motivated land occupations began in 2000. This paper does four things. First, it creates an historical bookmark for the earlier period of land reform in the hope that the lessons from that experience will not be lost. Second, it reviews some of the major outcomes of resettlement from almost a quarter century of research. Third, it partially sets the stage for some of the papers that follow in this section. Finally, as a caution for those who will shape Zimbabwe’s future, it provides some reminders of the interlocking relationships among property, poverty and conflict.

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