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Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction

A Global Research Project Supported by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), 2004-2007

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Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction

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In 2004, the CGIAR Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) with the funding from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) began a project that aims to contribute to poverty reduction by identifying effective policies and practices that enhance the ways that collective action and property rights are used to build secure assets and income streams for and by the poor. The project is intended to provide policymakers, NGOs, and community groups with knowledge of the factors that strengthen rights of the poor to land and water resources and lead to more effective collective action by the poor.

Six grants were awarded to 4 CGIAR centers (AHI, CIFOR, ICRISAT, and IFPRI) and 2 German universities (Humboldt University of Berlin and Philipps-Marburg University). The project sites include Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, India, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia.

In February 2007 a policy conference was held in Entebbe, Uganda, to discuss the results and policy implications from these projects with other researchers and policy makers.

Overview of all six projects

List of projects:

African Highlands Initiative (AHI)
Whose Voices? Whose Choices? Sustaining Collective Action for Empowering Rural Communities and Local Stakeholders for Policy Change in Natural Resources Management [Ethiopia and Uganda]

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Collective Action to Secure Property Rights for the Poor: Avoiding Elite Capture of Natural Resource Benefits and Governance Systems

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Institutional and Organizational Innovations for Accessing Markets and Empowering Communities: Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction in Rainfed Systems [India and Kenya]

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Collective Action and Vulnerability: An Evaluation of Local Groups and Networks in Determining Pathways out of Poverty [Ethiopia and the Philippines]

Humboldt-University Berlin
Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction: Case-study of Ethiopia [Afar and Somali regions]

Philipps University, Marburg
Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction: Case-study of Cambodia

Ideas and results were shared and discussed at the following events:


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