LEGAL, POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORKS FOR COMMUNITY LAND RIGHTS IN THE WAKE OF DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS IN ZIMBABWE: CHALLENGES AND WAY FORWARD
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The global developmental goal that Africa has pursued since the demise of colonialism has created new
frontiers that have enhanced the nature, rate, and extent of industrialization and investment on the continent.
Zimbabwean like other African nations since the turn of the 21st Century has been trying to lure Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) mainly in the energy, mining and agricultural sectors. Whilst developmental projects emanating
from these agreements has widened opportunities for socio-economic development to hosting communities
and the nation at large, it has become difficult if not impossible to ignore the adverse consequences on
communities’ access to land, land tenure and security and the enjoyment and exercise by communities of
land-related environmental, economic, social and cultural rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
Importantly, land-based communities are in a conundrum to either accept the new economic system that
subordinates their community rights to land or reject and resist at their own peril.