March 24, 2014
In Haiti, land tenure insecurity remains one of the biggest obstacles to reconstruction and development. Land in Haiti is widely held under customary norms. But even with legal title, a corrupt, inefficient, and expensive land governance system has proven incapable of protecting the land rights of Haitian communities, particularly those that are poor and vulnerable.
In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, the most visible symbol of the chaotic land governance system was the countdown to the elimination of tent cities throughout Port-au-Prince where 1.3 million people had taken refuge. Four years later, however, while most had been relocated, few had actually found permanent housing solutions.