The conventional view is that insecurity of land tenure results from the lack of a registered title deed which records the property rights of occupants of land or housing.
South Africa's governing ANC has always seen economic growth as the driving force for change. This was wishful thinking as the damage done by apartheid will take far more to undo.
After South Africa's first democratic election in 1994, the previously oppressed and dispossessed black majority hoped for constitutional restitution of their land. This has largely failed.
Has South Africa's constitutional project failed? Is the country's constitution an obstacle to meaningful redistribution and land reform?
The land reform programme in Zimbabwe has come at the cost of wildlife and opens up the debate on people versus nature. But there is a way forward.
Many African countries are still searching for inclusive commercial farming models that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people.
The success of Eigg's community purchase demonstrates how people power has rejuvenated an island in decline
The ecological needs of the land need to be considered together with the social and political needs of its people.
In his recent state of the nation address South Africa's President Jacob Zuma spoke emphatically of "radical economic transformation" causing nationwide debate. What does it really mean?
Zimbabwe like many other post colonial governments across the globe continues to struggle to attain equitable land reform.
South Africa's government makes much of its efforts of putting more land in the hands of the previously disenfranchised black majority. Yet, many beneficiaries continue to wallow in poverty.
An abundance of natural resources has helped Kazakhstan attract billions in investments. Despite its booming economy, the government is unlikely to move towards democracy any time soon.
Land issues are increasingly at the centre of politics in South Africa, but the debate needs fresh ideas.
Why the ruling classes may think twice about landownership in Scotland.
The general loss of faith in the economy is the most important issue President Zuma must address. More radical social and economic transformation, with emphasis on land reform will be most critical.
The shooting of Cecil shines light on Zimbabwe's new elite land politics which excludes the wider population and exposes the racial dimensions of the relationship between wildlife, land and hunting.
South Africa's agricultural industry has struggled over the past 20 years due to the country's rush to liberalise the sector while other countries continued to support their farmers.
Scottish and English land rules look set to further diverge, but talk of a revolution north of the border is somewhat wide of the mark.