Institutional, Economic and Socio-Cultural Factors Accounting for Gender-Based Inequalities in Land Title Procurement in Cameroon

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Cameroon, Gender-based inequality, Land law, Land titling, Land policy, Land tenure formalization

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The study identifies and analyzes factors causing women to procure fewer land titles than men in Cameroon. It employs a qualitative approach, and an analytical framework grounded in feminist thought. The identified factors are analyzed under five broad categories as follows: institutional impediments, indigenous culture, received culture, productive and reproductive roles of women, and economic constraints. The analysis ends with a number of policy recommendations prominent among which are the following: drastically reducing the cost, number of agencies and steps involved in the land title application process; employing informal channels of communication to disseminate information on land; and maintaining office hours that take into account the tight schedules of women. The study holds lessons for land reforminitiatives not only in Cameroon but other developing countries in general.

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Land Use Policy, v. 78, p. 116-125