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We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Process

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We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Process

On June 30, 2014, President Zuma announced the re-opening of the land claims process. In the next round, South Africa must build on the successes and learn from the mistakes of the first round of restitution.

On March 19, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted Professor Bernadette Atuahene for a discussion of her new book, We Want What’s Ours: Learning from South Africa’s Land Restitution Program (Oxford University Press, 2014). Her work is based on interviews that she conducted with over 150 South Africans who were forcibly removed from urban areas, and who received compensation through the land restitution program. The book provides an unbiased, bottom-up evaluation of the program’s successes and failures.

The panel was introduced by Wilson Center Global Scholar, Steve McDonald and moderated by Program Associate, Elizabeth M. Ramey.

Speakers

  • Bernadette Atuahene

    Author of We Want What’s Ours: Learning from South Africa’s Land Restitution Program (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Elizabeth M. Ramey

    Former Program Associate
  • Steve McDonald

    Global Fellow
    Global Fellow and Former Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center