Adapted institutional analysis and development framework for understanding customary land institutions in sub-Saharan Africa – A case study from Nigeria

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2023-08
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en
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13
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Land Use Policy, Volume 131
Abstract
Customary land institutions (CLIs) are social institutions that define local land governance in communities. Strengthening community rights continues to be an essential land policy goal, and several studies have focused on ways to improve local land governance through CLIs. Relatively limited attention, however, has been paid to understanding these institutions in themselves. The present study addresses this gap and develops an analytical framework built on the well-known institutional analysis and development framework to support the understanding of CLIs in the context of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The framework was developed through a hermeneutic review of literature on CLIs in SSA. Accordingly, we mapped and classified the literature based on the concepts in the institutional analysis and development framework. The developed framework facilitates a detailed analysis of the contextual factors and customary land practices of CLIs, enabling a determination of their adequate and inadequate aspects. The framework was applied to understand the CLI in Ile-Ife through content analysis of primary and secondary data on the CLI. The case study application suggests that the framework can enable the understanding of CLI and the identification of the potentials and weaknesses within the institution. Notwithstanding, further exploration of the proposed framework should be carried out in other SSA contexts to validate its functionality.
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Funding Information: This work was supported by Aalto University School of Engineering . We would also like to thank the baales, obas and the people of Ile-Ife for granting us the opportunity to perform our research in their community. Special thanks to the local guides that helped with data collection, and those who responded to our questions. Lastly, we would like to appreciate the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions, which helped us in improving the quality of this paper. Publisher Copyright: © 2023 The Authors
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Analytical framework, Customary land institution, Customary land practices, Local land governance
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Adekola , O , Krigsholm , P & Riekkinen , K 2023 , ' Adapted institutional analysis and development framework for understanding customary land institutions in sub-Saharan Africa – A case study from Nigeria ' , Land Use Policy , vol. 131 , 106691 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2023.106691