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Radicalization, Conflicts, and the Role of Property Rights

Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of 

Radicalization, Conflicts, and the Role of Property Rights

Karol Boudreaux
Land Tenure and Resource Rights Practice Lead, The Cloudburst Group

Monday, April 11
4:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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This lecture is part of a series on Economics and Foreign Policy
sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation.

Africa 380x204Grievances regarding who controls land, resources, and water have led to conflicts around the world, yet the issue of land and property rights is largely missing in U.S. strategy today.  Ms. Boudreaux will discuss the relationship between property rights and radicalization, and what the U.S. can do to help other nations secure property rights for their people. 

Ms. Karol Boudreaux is The Cloudburst Group’s Land Tenure and Resource Rights Practice Lead. She provides technical guidance to staff in the Land Tenure and Resource Management team, provides oversight for the innovative Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure project, and is closely involved with The Cloudburst Group’s communications specialists to craft a variety of tools and other products that help explain why secure land and resource rights are so important for women and men around the world.

Ms. Boudreaux is a lawyer and land tenure and resource rights expert with two decades of experience in the field and as a researcher. Throughout her career she has supported improvements to the land tenure and resource rights of people and communities around the world, with a strong focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her research concentrates on analyses of property and land tenure systems, natural resource management, and varieties of entrepreneurship. She has conducted field research in ten African countries and have published more than 30 articles and a monograph on property rights, in addition to many opinion editorials. Ms. Boudreaux is lead author of USAID’s Operational Guidelines for Responsible Land-Based Investments, a new tool for private sectors investors in the commercial agriculture sector.

Ms. Boudreaux served as USAID’s Africa Land Tenure Specialist from 2011-2013 and routinely conducted country-level land tenure assessments, provided specific policy guidance on land and natural resource management programing and supported the US Government’s negotiating efforts in developing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests.

Before joining USAID, Karol was an instructor and assistant dean of George Mason University’s School of Law. She serves on the Advisory Council of the ABA’s Business and Human Rights Working Group and as an expert in the Expert Working Group of the Global Land Indicators Initiative of the Global Land Tools Network and UN-Habitat and she served on the Advisory Council of the IFC’s Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture project.