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RIPL: A How-To for Responsible Investment in Tanzania

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jul 19, 2015 06:07 PM
Contributors: Landesa
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Landesa's Responsible Investments in Property and Land (RIPL) project has selected Tanzania as its first focus country for the development of "Playbooks" to support equitable and socially responsible land-related investments. The Playbooks will serve as "how-to" guides for investors, governments, and communities engaged in land acquisition and commodity procurement to help each actor better understand and implement international best practices, such as those outlined in the Voluntary Guidelines and AU Guiding Principles.

Why Tanzania?

Seventy-five percent of Tanzanians live in rural areas, and most rely on the land for their livelihood. But while private investment in land in Tanzania is on the rise, rural poverty remains high. The development of the Playbooks will assist each stakeholder in improving outcomes for all and ensure that the land rights of Tanzania's rural communities are protected. Most importantly, the Playbooks will pay careful attention to the needs of men and women affected by investments to mitigate the risk of social, economic, environmental, or livelihood impacts.  To accomplish this, Playbooks will be developed based on analysis of multiple investment projects in Tanzania, featuring extensive stakeholder consultation and gender-sensitive field research. The result will be Playbooks grounded in Tanzania's unique cultural, governance, and investment context.  This rich landscape will help shape the content of the Model Playbooks, which will serve as a starting point for customized guides to new investments across the globe.

Moving Forward

Development of the Playbooks in Tanzania will commence in September and run through December 2016. Selection of a second RIPL focus country and the development of a second set of Playbooks tailored to that country's landscape will be coming soon.

For more information, visit our website or email responsibleinvestment@landesa.org with specific questions.

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