Community, conflict and land: exploring the strategic partnership model of South African land restitution

Soutrik Basu

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Abstract

The Strategic Partnership (SP) model was implemented in the South African land restitution programme. The model prematurely ended in a fiasco that left the community with huge debts and intractable conflicts. This paper aims at understanding the implementation process by taking up the issue of how conflict emerged, resolved and sustained around the SP model. This paper suggests that conflict emerged because of the following reasons: the policy framework failed to address the heterogeneity of the community; community value was undermined as a business partner; and the state placed unprecedented trust, power, and authority on strategic partners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-748
JournalJournal of International Development
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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