Country Frameworks for Development Displacement and Resettlement: Reducing Risk, Building Resilience, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Country Frameworks for Development Displacement and Resettlement

Reducing Risk, Building Resilience, 1st Edition

Edited by Susanna Price, Jane Singer


312 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138491892
pub: 2019-04-15
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The problem of escalating population displacement demands global attention and country co-ordination. This book investigates the particular issue of development-induced displacement, whereby land is seized or restricted by the state for the purposes of development projects. Those displaced by these schemes often risk losses to their livelihoods, food security, and socio-cultural support; risks which are rarely fully compensated for. Bringing together specialist researchers and practitioners from across the globe, this book provides a much-needed independent analysis of country frameworks for development-induced displacement.

Over the course of the book, the authors investigate social and economic reconstruction provisions, demonstrating the risks and lost opportunities which displaced people face, and the failures of appeals systems in delivering justice for them. Whilst many countries remain impervious to the problem, the book also shines a light on the few who are pioneering new legislation and strategies, intended to address questions such as: should the social costs to those displaced help determine whether a project meets the public interest and merits financing? Does the modern state need powers of eminent domain? How can country laws, systems, institutions and negotiations be reformed to protect citizens better against disempowering public and private sector development displacement?

This book will interest those working on forced and voluntary migration, property and expropriation law, human rights, environment and social impact assessment, internal and refugee displacement from conflicts, environment change, disasters and development.

Table of Contents


Part I Conceptual Frameworks

1. Why national law is essential for protecting public interest and providing safeguards in land acquisition and forced displacement Ruwani Jayewardene

2. Global monitoring of the human impacts of development-forced displacement and resettlement Nadine Walicki

3. Can national and international legal frameworks mitigate land grabbing and dispossession in South-East Asia? Andreas Neef

4. Minding the Gender Gaps: How legal gaps withhold gender-equitable outcomes in land acquisition, compensation, and resettlement Celine Salcedo La Vina

5. Higher Risk, Higher Reward? Negotiated Settlements, Wellbeing and Livelihoods in Development Displacement Susanna Price and Nicholas Tagliarino

Part II Challenges at the Country Level

6. What does it take to mandate good national policy into law? The case of Sri Lanka’s National Involuntary Resettlement Policy Sam Pillai

7. Assessing country safeguards as a protection/benefit for those who are displaced by development projects: the case of democratic South Africa Chris De Wet

8. Safeguarding community livelihoods in Uganda: Analysis of a country framework for land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation Russell Rhoads and Onesmus Mugyenyi

9. Indigenous People, Involuntary Resettlement, International Institutions Nahmad Salamon Sitton

10. Paying resettled communities for environmental services: Legally mandated benefit-sharing for Vietnam’s dam displaced Jane Singer

Part III Interweaving international, national and local: Country Case Studies

11. Global or local safeguards? Social impact assessment insights from an urban Indian land acquisition Asmita Kabra and Budhaditya Das

12. Urbanisation resettlement in China: characteristics, risks and the revised Land Administration Law Duan Yuefang, Brooke Wilmsen and Zhao Xu

13. Land rights on paper and in practice in Cambodia: How land rights are recognised, protected and expropriated for project development Sophorn Sek

14. Cultural and political obstacles to effective resettlement: a case study of involuntary displacement of Pehuenche families by the Pangue and Ralco hydroelectric dams in southern Chile Jeanne W. Simon and Claudio Gonzales Parra

15. With or without international institutions? Acquisition of land rights for infrastructure projects in the weak legal framework of Timor-Leste Bernardo Almeida

Conclusion Susanna Price and Jane Singer

About the Editors

Susanna Price is a Lecturer in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU)

Jane Singer is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies at Kyoto University, Japan

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Development, Mobilities and Migration

This series is dedicated to the growing and important area of mobilities and migration, particularly through the lens of international development. It promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research targeted at a global readership. The series welcomes submissions from established and junior authors on cutting-edge and high-level research on key topics that feature in global news and public debate.

These include the so called European migration crisis; famine in the Horn of Africa; riots; environmental migration; development-induced displacement and resettlement; livelihood transformations; people-trafficking; health and infectious diseases; employment; South-South migration; population growth; children’s wellbeing; marriage and family; food security; the global financial crisis; drugs wars; and other contemporary crisis.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Helena Hurd (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries