‘Land back to the people or not?’: The variable pathways of civic mobilisation against land grabs in rural Sierra Leone

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Abstract

Drawing on empirical research from Pujehun and Port Loko districts in Sierra Leone, this article explains the variable pathways of civic activism mobilised by environmental advocacy, and legal empowerment organisations, in response to two prominent land grabs. By grounding the analysis within the ontology of place, this study examines the dynamic interplay between national politics, global corporate interests, transnational advocacy, and civic agency in each place. The article finds that although the balance of power between these actors matters, the nature of corporate interests involved can be significant in determining the exact trajectory of civic mobilisation, and ultimately its success.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJOURNAL OF MODERN AFRICAN STUDIES
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • Sierra Leone
  • palm oil
  • land grabbing
  • chiefs
  • civil society

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