Awareness-raising workshop for journalists on expropriation for public purpose and compensation in Cameroon
On 4 May 2018, 14 journalists from print, television, radio and online media attended an awareness workshop on the issue of "expropriation for public purpose and compensation in Cameroon". One of the main objectives of this workshop was to present and exchange with participants on best practices in compensation.
The workshop gave the LandCam team members the opportunity to highlight the challenges related to expropriation for public purpose and compensation following the implementation of large-scale land projects in Cameroon: poor or under-evaluation of assets, poor legal classification of assets to be compensated, non-payment of certain claimants, payment of compensation to fictitious persons, ridiculous rate of compensation... This series of issues is accentuated by corruption networks and increased land grabbing by nationals and foreign companies, under the guise of activities of general interest.
Participants were thus able to become more familiar with these situations, as well as with the key concepts and legal procedures leading to expropriation, the legal framework for compensation and international standards and good practices aimed at improving land governance (FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Land Tenure, World Bank Operational Policy 4.12, etc.).
The journalists felt that they had been "enriched by knowledge on the topics of the day" and left with the intention of intensifying research in this field in order to contribute to a veritable land reform in Cameroon.