India’s growing energy, industry, and development needs require a substantial transformation in land use, impacting millions of customary users of land. To date, India has been struggling to address the challenges arising out of these transformations, as indicated by a rising number of land-related conflicts affecting the country. At the same time, the delays affecting investment projects due to these conflicts are beginning to undermine India’s larger financial system. Global scale studies clearly demonstrate that this problem is faced around the world and that there is little appreciation of the investment risks posed by insecure and unclear land rights of local communities.

Press Release

Unclear Property Rights and Records put Investment in India’s Manufacturing and Infrastructure Sectors, and its Financial Sector at risk | Download

Launch Event

Dialogue on Land and Investment Risk in India: 3 September, 2015 | 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Claridges Hotel, New Delhi

The event is being webcast live here. A webcast recording will be available after the event.

  • Media Advisory | Can India Achieve its Economic Potential Without Major Social Upheaval? | Download
  • Event Agenda | Download  
  • Event Concept, Speaker Bios Download

Key Presentations

Land, Conflict, and Investment Risks: An Indian Perspective – Dr. Kundan Kumar, Director, Asia Program, Rights and Resources Initiative

Land Tenure and Financial Risk – Lou Munden, Founder, TMP Systems

Why Invest in Forest Communities, Local Buy-in, and Participation – Arun Agrawal, International Forestry Resources and Institutions Network

Past Press Releases

  • In Quest for Land and Faster Project Clearances, India’s Public Sector Banks Pay the Price of Regulatory Failures | April 2015Download


  • The Growing Threats to India’s Financial System | April 2014 | Download
  • Communities as Counterparties: Preliminary Review of Concessions and Conflict in Emerging and Frontier Market Concessions | October 2014 | Download
  • Global Capital, Local Concessions: A Data-Driven Examination of Land Tenure Risk and Industrial Concessions in Emerging Market Economies | September 2013 | Download
  • The Financial Risks of Insecure Land Tenure: An Investment View | December 2012 | Download

Press Contacts

Gaurav Madan

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Madiha Qureshi

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