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Submitted by Roxana Allen on

We do not have to invent the wheel. The lesson is already out there. Look at precedents. What worked previously? If the informal sector becomes formal, the “dead” capital will empower the poor, especially women. As a benchmark, regarding the land rights, we should look at lesson learned from Hernando DeSoto who worked with Peruvian Government to empower the poor by giving them land titles. It was a very long process, but finally the marginalized groups were legally empowered. This was one of the solutions to create stability and prevent future internal conflicts like guerrilla war. With property/ land rights, the poor gained access to state benefits such as healthcare, education, and loans.

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