This summary highlights findings of three RRI studies conducted in 2020 as they relate to the DRC. This document explains what these three studies mean for the DRC and aims to equip local communities and civil society organizations (CSOs) with data to advance their advocacy work to influence future reforms, and help the government, donors, private sector actors, and conservationists make informed decisions.

From Risk and Conflict to Peace and Prosperity
From Risk and Conflict to Peace and Prosperity

Amid the realities of major political turbulence, there was growing recognition in 2016 that community land rights are key to ensuring peace and prosperity, economic development, sound investment, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Who Owns the Land in Africa?
Who Owns the Land in Africa?

This brief summarizes findings on community ownership and control of lands in 19 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Les Droits aux Ressources en Crise
Les Droits aux Ressources en Crise

L’objectif de cette série de cinq essais est d’informer et d’aider à structurer le plaidoyer et les actions contestant la faiblesse juridique des droits fonciers…

Rights to Resources in Crisis
Rights to Resources in Crisis

This five brief series, written by panelist Liz Alden Wily, analyzes the roots of African land tenure systems, recent policy trends and puts the phenomenon…

The End of the Hinterland
The End of the Hinterland

Forests have long been a hinterland: remote, “backward” areas largely controlled by external, often urban, actors and seen to be of little use to national…

Press Release on Tropical Forest Tenure Assessment Report
Press Release on Tropical Forest Tenure Assessment Report

The Rights and Resources Initiative released the Tropical Forest Tenure Assessment in May 2009 along with the International Tropical Timber Organization. The report found that…

Who Owns the Forests of Africa?
Who Owns the Forests of Africa?

In recent decades there has been a shift away from government control of forest land towards increasing access and ownership for indigenous groups, communities, individuals,…