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Land and property rights touch us all.

They can be key to our personal, social and economic stability.

And yet in the 21st century, more than half the world’s population lives in property limbo, unable to prove legal rights.

In many countries, women are not allowed to own - or inherit - land at all. Widowed or abandoned, women and children are left homeless - and the cycle of poverty continues.

place shines a spotlight onto this story to show how secure land and property rights can change lives – and the world.

The unanswered questions

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Nigeria gets tough with marauding "Sons of the Soil" in search of land to seize

  • Eromo Egbejule, Thomson Reuters Foundation

"Sons of the Soil" gangs roam Nigeria's commercial capital looking for land owners and property developers to dupe

Property

'Pay to Stay' laws could drive London's poor from the capital

  • Tom Esslemont, Thomson Reuters Foundation

A new law could force Londoners who have lived in social housing for decades to move out of the city's vibrant centre

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Land

Nepal's tenant farmers find hope as they claim land of their own

  • Rina Chandran, Thomson Reuters Foundation

It is estimated that 5 percent of the Himalayan nation's population owns more than 37 percent of the land. About a third are landless

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Access

Kenya's flourishing flower sector is not all roses for Maasai

  • Shadrack Kavilu, Thomson Reuters Foundation

In many parts of East Africa, governments are pushing pastoralist communities to switch to settled farming

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Connections

Blog Four ways we can make sure everyone has a place to call “home”

  • Rick Hathaway, Habitat for Humanity

Ahead of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Rick Hathaway issues a call for global leaders to ensure that everyone has a decent place to live

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Empowerment

British government signals re-think on Land Registry sell-off

  • Paola Totaro, Thomson Reuters Foundation

A minister in the department of business said the government had heard views from all sides "loud and clear"

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