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African involuntary population resettlement in a global context (English)

In Africa as well as worldwide, population settlement and resettlement processes are linked to the core of today's development agenda. This paper discusses several common characteristics and issues of involuntary resettlement processes resulting from development programs, and offers an overview of involuntary resettlement in Africa in the context of similar processes worldwide. An earlier, much shorter version of this paper was presented in an international conference in Uganda and was included in "Involuntary Resettlement in Africa: Selected Papers from a Conference on Environment and Settlement Issues in Africa," report no. WTP 227. The present paper was considerably revised, updated, and largely rewritten. It provides detailed data about resettlement under World Bank-financed projects in Africa, a broader review of the social science literature on resettlement in Africa, and substantial new information on specific projects during the last several years. The analysis of the World Bank's experience in addressing involuntary resettlement in Africa, both at the policy and operational levels, provides important insights for understanding the complex socio-economic content of forced displacement and resettlement, as well as the policy dimensions of managing such processes.


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    Cernea, Michael M.

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Cernea, Michael M.

African involuntary population resettlement in a global context (English). Environment Department working papers ; no. 45. Social assessment series*Social Development papers ; no. SDP 18 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.