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A time for change? Comments on Chad's draft land code

A short report suggesting changes to bring the draft in line with best practice 

2015 Available in English

A mother and her children outside a house in a rural village in Chad.

A mother and her children outside a house in a rural village in Chad. Photo: Levourne Passiri/Tearfund

The process to develop a new land code in Chad is a positive step forward: a unified text can help to ensure internal consistency and to make land law more accessible.

However, there are fundamental aspects of the draft code that we believe need substantial rewriting to bring them in line with international guidance and best practice.

This short report summarises our comments and recommendations, focusing on the overall structure of land ownership, management and administration systems and on the protection of customary rights – the rights claimed by the vast majority of rural people in Chad.

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