Issue

Land and Property Rights

Across the globe, rising demand for food, energy and natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals, has created enormous pressures on land— and access to it. Vast tracts of land are being snatched up by both public and private investors; most frequently in low-income and middle-income countries. The impact of these often secretive land deals on local communities is huge.

In frontier markets, where property rights are weak, unclear, or poorly governed, there is an increased likelihood of corruption, human rights abuses, conflict over resources, and environmental degradation. And it is often the most vulnerable groups, including minorities, indigenous people, the poor, and women, who bear the brunt of the problems created by poor land governance.

To investigate this growing crisis, Pulitzer Center-funded journalists are following stories that will increase transparency about land deals, expose weak land governance systems, and highlight the risks to stakeholders who invest in bad land deals. Their reporting illuminates fresh, new approaches to securing land rights that might promote, rather than erode, local development priorities.

The Pulitzer Center’s reporting on land rights issues is made possible through the support of the Omidyar Network's Property Rights Initiative, American Jewish World Service, the Kendeda Fund, and other Pulitzer Center donors.

 

 

 

 

Land and Property Rights

March 01, 2016

The Great Land Rush

Michael Peel, Tom Burgis, Pilita Clark

A race has begun for one of the world's most precious resources—land. Investors are pouring in billions. They promise progress, but land grabs can upend livelihoods and stir bitter conflict.

March 01, 2016

Environmental Martyrs

Fred Pearce

Murders of environmental and land rights campaigners are on the increase worldwide.

February 16, 2016

Boycott, Divest, Sanctions

Oren Rudavsky

On college campuses and in religious institutions across the country, there is renewed focus on Israel, anti-semitism and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement.

January 12, 2016

Indigenous Rights in the Wake of Chile's Energy Crisis

Max Radwin

One decade ago, the Pehuenche indigenous people in Chile were forced off their land and into housing projects, forcing most to revise their way of life. Max Radwin explores how they have fared since.

December 07, 2015

From the U.S. to Israel: Follow the Money

Uri Blau

U.S. administration defines Jewish settlements as an obstacle to peace, yet allows millions in subsidized donations to help sustain them. How does it work? Investigative journalist Uri Blau digs deep.

Canaan

What makes a city after a disaster?

The Land Alcoa Dammed

A struggling country's past and future are shaped by Alcoa and its aluminum. Alcoa's dam electrified the South American country of Suriname even as it drowned a jungle.

Meet the Journalist: Fred Pearce

200 environmental and human rights activists are assassinated each year, according to Global Witness. Fred Pearce investigates the headline-grabbing slayings of three of these activists.