In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, companies, financial institutions, civil society organizations and knowledge institutes have repeatedly expressed the ambition that they want to contribute to the improvement of land governance. This has resulted in an initiative to organize the Dutch LANDdialogue (formerly the Land Governance Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue).
Participants of the LANDdialogue, together with other stakeholders and partners, want to invest time and energy to effectively contribute from the Netherlands to the improvements of land governance in countries in which the Netherlands is active. It is their goal to promote explicit practical application and monitoring of improvement measures by the Dutch private sector, government, knowledge institutes and NGOs in line with the principles adopted in the VGGT.
Within the objectives of a multi-annual LANDdialogue process the committed participants work to the following outcomes during both the elaboration of the cases and in broader dialogue sessions:
- Objective insight and understanding of the actual nature, extent and severity of land governance issues and their effect in real life situations on different levels in different contexts.
- Examples of successful concretization and application of recommendations which demonstrably improve land governance in line with the VGGT principles.
- Examples of generalizable adaptations and applications of effective cooperation between Dutch stakeholders within complex systems concerning issues as procedures or in bringing about the needed diversity in solutions and perspectives.
- Early, executable and regular recommendations, on the base of examples, for scaling and application in Dutch businesses, social organizations, knowledge institutions and the government.
- Examples of steps/interventions that improve effective cooperation between different stakeholders from the Netherlands and foreign partners, which effectively and structurally contribute to reducing the chance of irresponsible investments.
- Design, test, evaluate and realize one or more early warning system(s) that in particular help investors but also other stakeholders to structurally reduce the chance on abuses and conflicts of (the planning and/or implementation of) interventions.
- Regular input in international processes, roundtables, coalitions, congresses etc., in which the ambitions and recommendations of the Netherlands are maximally shared, discussed and picked up on areas concerning policy coherence, impact improvement and sustainability in line with the VGGT.
Learning about, and development and application of practical solutions that lead to better land governance are central in the multi-stakeholder process. The backbone of this process is comprised of a few periodic dialogue sessions with mainly decision makers, in which merely lessons learned, the relevancy and the possibility for generalisation, the chances for influence, alterations within organizations and/or partnerships etc. will be discussed and agreed upon. To maximize the effects of these discussions, representatives of organizations who can actually influence policy and regulations within own organizations and sectors participate in these sessions. These periodic dialogues are chaired by the minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. These sessions form the high level component of the LANDdialogue.
Parallel to the high level component, a number of case teams have been formed. They analyse selected cases. The goal of the elaboration of the cases in a form that will incite dialogue and joint learning is obtaining concrete information and recommendations about practical improvements that stakeholders individually or jointly can apply in line with the VGGT, so that their contribution to good land governance will be enhanced. Members of these teams comprise staff members of organizations who know a lot about the concerning case or are particularly interested in knowing more about the case. Important findings and recommendation from the case teams are presented and discussed in the high level dialogue sessions, creating a back-and-forth process between high level decision makers and land governance experts within the organizations.