In his book, Maître Abdoulaye Harissou, General Counsel for the International Union of Notaries, develops an original view of the social role of notaries in fragile countries: palpable forces in the development of their countries. The meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 in Paris, will be the opportunity to discuss this key challenge in the field of development.
Taking the African continent as a case study, Maître Harissou started with the observation that 80% of the land is not registered. This leads to numerous conflicts over land ownership. To remedy this and create an adequate legal framework, Maître Harissou, using the Microfinancing model, suggests that a Simplified, Secure Title be introduced.
Delays in obtaining land titles would thus be reduced to six months for a maximum cost of 70 euros; compared to the current delay of several years with a minimum outlay of 300 euros.
Facilitating the process would allow legal access to those who often work the land without having any rights over it and who are thus vulnerable to abusive expropriations.
The Fondation Chirac, a partner of the Supreme Council of Notaries for the Strengthening of Land Rights, has partnered with the Maître Harissou’s approach, a natural extension of the Fondation’s focus on conflict prevention and development.
ASHOKA was founded 30 years ago in India in 1980. It has become the largest network of social entrepreneurs around the world. ASHOKA Paris organizes “Les Alters Mardi, parlons solutions”, meetings designed to find solutions that are open to all.