|Download President Chirac and President Diouf preface (pdf)|
During a book signing organized on Monday, June 6, 2011 in Cannes with the help of the Fondation Chirac, the Dunod publishers, and the French Board of Notaries, Abdoulaye Harissou explained that 80% of African land is not registered. The number of land related disputes that go to court reflects the difficulties created by the lack of an adequate legal framework: from 60 to 95% of trials are rooted in land issues in Africa.
Abdoulaye Harissou went on to emphasize the role of notaries in such a situation: far from simply recording deeds, public notaries in fragile countries have a crucial social role to play to improve development conditions for their country.
As a Partner of the Conseil Supérieur du Notariat to reinforce land rights, the Fondation Chirac supports and has participated in Maître Abdoulaye Harissou’s project. Both the former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf and President Jacques Chirac co-authored the preface of this book.
“La Terre, un droit humain” analyzes major current theories of property law and offers a solution: the creation of a micro-properties. Modeled after micro-loans, the Simplified, Secure Title Deed he describes would reduce delays in obtaining land titles to 6 months (as opposed to several years) for a maximum cost of 70 euros (as opposed to a minimum of 300 euros).
As highlighted by Maître Tarrade, Senior Vice President of the Conseil Supérieur du Notariat, we must “bind economic growth to legal security“. The sustainable economic development of the poorest countries requires secure, easy, and inexpensive access to land rights for everyone.
Maître Abdoulaye Harissou is a notary public in Cameroon and General Counsel of the International Union of Notaries. He wrote this book in conjunction with Patrick Busquet and Alain Grumberg of FUTURING Press.
|Table of contents of Terre, un droit humain|
Preface by Jacques Chirac and Abdou Diouf.
23 questions to better understand the many aspects of unstable land ownership. (Sources of tensions, of conflicts, of injustice. Economic, Developmental, and Sustainable Development issues).
Hernando de Soto’s vision – a pioneering Peruvian economist.
Proposition for simplified, safe land titling.
The example of Madagascar.
The example of Vietnam.
Simplified titling, an international challenge