Daily Archives: October 11, 2010

ODI releases ‘Uncharted Territory’ chapters for free download

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has just made ‘Uncharted Territory’, its ground-breaking book on land, conflict and humanitarian action available for free download at this webpage (choose the tab marked ‘downloads’). For TN readers who are not familiar with this book, it comes highly recommended.

The signal contribution of ‘UT’ has been to problematize the international discourse around property restitution in a much more sophisticated way than had previously been the case. While the subtitle of the book references humanitarian action, the most incisive critiques really come from a development perspective and challenge a perceived tendency of humanitarian actors to uncritically adopt (and, crucially, promote) a particular human rights-based approach to post-conflict property issues that has worked well in some settings but may be radically inappropriate for others. I could go on and on, but would propose that the chapters speak better for themselves than I could speak for them…