Thursday, August 12

Angolan Property Rights

Angola is looking to normalize property ownership upset by decades of civil war, but not everyone is happy.

Observers are also uncomfortable with a clause that gives people just one year to formally request the regularisation of their right to the land they are occupying. In a country struggling to rebuild its legal framework - not to mention its infrastructure and health and education systems - it is a pipe dream, they say.

"This is very worrying because institutional capacity is very low, so even now, when people apply for regularisation papers, the percentage of cases that are processed is very small," Figueiredo told IRIN. "If you try in a short period to have everyone applying, it's likely that a lot of people will fail. On top of that ... it's very likely that many people will simply not be aware of this process."

Via Head Heeb.

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