The History & Politics of Land, Resettlement and Compensation in Kenya

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The History & Politics of Land, Resettlement and Compensation in Kenya

Development forced displacement and resettlement (DFDR) has been a prominent and divisive feature of Kenya’s colonial and post-colonial history. This report has been compiled in response to two significant events relating to DFDR; the initiation of Kenya’s largest ever development project, Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET), and the promulgation of a new Constitution in 2010. The new Constitution has been heralded as a landmark event, strengthening community land rights and paving the way for those rights to be formally managed under the Community Land Bill (CLB). The primarily objective of this report is to understand what risks communities face from LAPSSET DFDR and whether they can benefit from this new legal framework.

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