Tägliche Archive: 19. Juli 2013

Landowners or Laborers? What choice will developing countries make?

In 2012, land and natural resources emerged as a major issue for many developing countries. They faced a fork in the road. Would they embrace democratic rights to those resources, or try to trigger growth by handing them over to foreign investors and domestic elites? Taking the wrong path threatened social cohesion, food and environmental security, and economic progress. All face major decisions about what type of country they will become. As we look to 2013, we ask: will countries around the developing world choose to be societies of citizen landowners or landless laborers?

Washington DC (USA) / January 2013 / 36 pages