The move by the African Union to develop a policy to regulate the impact of firms on human rights puts it ahead of other regions as it seeks to guide companies conducting activities on the continent.
This is what neo-colonialism looks like in the 21st century.
It's been ten years since "land grabbing" hit the headlines. What has changed?
Making land governance work in practice is easier said than done. The process of agreeing to international guidelines has been intensely political – as is their implementation.
International development banks are supposed to ensure adherence to human rights in the projects they fund. Instead, their practices provide fertile ground for human rights abuses.
The idea that there is a “land grab” taking place in developing nations began with the publication of a report, Seized!, by the NGO Grain. This rang an alarm bell about large-scale land acquisitions…