The U.K. is providing 20 million pounds ($33.9 million) to finance a nationwide land registration program in Rwanda, according to the

. "Owning their own land can transform a poor farmer's life but many Rwandans have no way to prove what they own, making it too easy for others to take land away from them," U.K. International Development Minister Mike Foster said. The project will entail representatives from Rwanda's National Land Center to recruit volunteer committees to investigate local land claims. Comprehensive land tenure maps for the entire country are the expected output.

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  • Eliza Villarino

    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.