Contested Market-Driven Land Reform in Malawi

  • Davide ChinigòEmail author
Part of the Development, Justice and Citizenship book series (SIID)


This chapter explores the complexities of contemporary market-driven land reform in Malawi through the case of the Community Based Rural Land Development Project. By discussing the stories of beneficiaries returning home shortly after the project’s inception, this chapter critically analyses the politics of resettlement underpinning land reform. I argue that the ‘willing seller, willing buyer’ model, while driven by the strong ethos of formalizing the rural economy, at the same time creates inequalities in resource access and social exclusion. The chapter concludes that market-driven land redistribution projects involve a broader restructuring of political power and authority, without extinguishing the functions of existing institutions governing land.


Focus Group Discussion Social Exclusion Land Reform Home Community Customary Land 
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  1. 1.Department of Political and Social SciencesUniversity of BolognaStellenboschSouth Africa

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