External media

In this section of our gateway we have selected, with the generous permission by the copyright, a number of appealing items that can provide the visitors of our website with more background on the issues that are nowadays in the frontline of theoretical and/or and policy debate. The items are classified in subtopics such as present trends in land governance, gender and land rights, community lands, the voluntary guidelines for land tenure (VGGT) etc.

Scrolling down you will find the following thematic categories:

1 Trends in land governance
2 Customary and statutory land governance
3 The voluntary guidelines
4 Gender and land rights
5 Governance of community lands
6 Investments
7 Land and conflict
8 Participatory land governance
9 Land rights for indigenous people

Trends in land governance

  • Global land governance: from territory to flow?

    Dr. Thomas Sikor, University of East Anglia (2014)
    Prof. Sikor puts forward the thesis that a transition is going  on from ‘classic’ territorial land governance to flow-centered land governance, determined by demand for and supply of resources. Examples of this are industry-led sourcing, demand for organic and certified products; forestry products certification etc.,  all with a bearing on land governance.

  • Land – the Kenyan story

    Land Development and Governance Institute, Kenya (2013)
    The journey towards Land Reforms in Kenya (2013)​. This documentary highlights conflicts and challenges as well as gains made thus far and the way forward in the land management sector, exploring the concept of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) sector and the evolution of land policies since Kenya’s independence. You can find out more about the LDGI here.

Customary and statutory land governance

  • Customary Land disputes in Zambia

    Zambia Land Alliance (2015)
    An excerpt of a brief docu-video made by the Zambia Land Alliance that profiles the people of Macha village in Southern Province, who (without formal land titles) were dispossessed (and displaced) by commercial biofuel farmers.

  • Customary tenure in Myanmar

    Mekong Region Land Governance Programme (2016)
    Report on how the customary tenure system works in Myanmar, and how it is taken into account by researchers and the authorities. A plea is made for multi-stakeholder dialogue.

  • South Africa: Land Rights and Governance in Rural Areas

    Legal Resources Centre (2012)
    Mr Mabasa is one of the 22 million South Africans living under a traditional authority. With the help of the Legal Resources Centre he is fighting eviction (due to housing development) without compensation from his field that he has worked on for more than 20 years. The Legal Resources Centre provides free legal services to the poor, marginalized and vulnerable people and communities of South Africa.

  • Titles to people living on customary land

    NTVUganda (2016)
    The government of Uganda is set to issue one million land titles to communal or customary land owners. Spokesman of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Dennis Obbo says the process of mapping customary land has started with three districts after it was successfully piloted in Kasese district. As Francis Jjingo reports, government will heavily subsidise the cost surveying the lands before the titles are issued. The government says the work in in three districts has started after it was successfully piloted in Kasese district. However, the population says the government is grabbing land through this process.

The Voluntary Guidelines for Land Tenure

  • Interviews with experts on the VGGTs

    FAO (2012)
    Interviews with experts on “Why VGGTs?”, who outline how the Voluntary Guidelines were formulated, the central role of the Committee on World Food Security, who stands to benefit most, and why the guidelines are so important.

    You can also check these interviews with Milton Rando and with Paul Munro-Faure.

  • Responsible governance of tenure

    FAO (2013)
    An introductory (animated) video to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.

  • The land governance programme database and map

    Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (2014)
    Gregory Myers speaks about the upcoming land projects database which will contain information on location, duration, funding and scope of 600 ‘land’ projects in more than 90 countries with a total value of about 2 billion dollars – as well as on the specific aspects of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security it supports. Since the database is ‘decentralised’ each member of the donor platform is responsible for the programme information it enters and maintains. The database is available here.

  • The VGGTs

    FAO (2012)
    The Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of National Food Security.

  • Towards Responsible Land Governance – Strategies for the Implementation of the Tenure…

    Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (2015)
    This film sheds light on national experiences and strategies to implement the Tenure Guidelines from the perspectives of government, civil society, science and academia. Putting the standards and principles of the Tenure Guidelines into practice is a real human rights endeavor and calls for fostering societal learning processes across sectors. Their implementation is crucial to achieving the goals of the internationally agreed 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The interviews were collected during the multi-stakeholder workshop “Quo vadis VGGT? Learning from the experiences of other human rights based approaches and instruments” held by the IASS Global Soil Forum at the Food and Agriculture organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome in December 2015. The question that the video tries to answer is: “do the VGGTs work?” With experiences from the Philippines, Indonesia and Namibia, among other countries.

Gender and land rights

  • Right to land of men and women: Experiences with paralegals in Mozambique

    FAO (2012)
    The video shows the major challenges faced by rural women when it comes to access land and natural resources. As a part of the efforts to overcome those challenges, the Paralegal Training Programme implemented by the Juridical and Judicial Training Centre (CFJJ) of the Ministry of Justice (with FAO support) strengthens the legal empowerment of rural people by training community members as ‘paralegals’. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

  • The land rush simulation game: an introduction

    Under the coordination of the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium),  a game has been developed in order provide a better understanding of how the rush for land is affecting the fabric of society in Central Africa . With an innovative methodological approach, a simulation game is transformed into community theatre for action-research.The developed methodology allows researchers to access people’s hidden transcripts. Researchers and civil society partners can then detect the deeper dynamics in land conflicts and insert a positive dynamic into community building projects.

    More information: The Land Rush Project


Governance of community lands

  • Making Rules for Land Governance

    Namati Network for Legal Empowerment (2015)
    This animation illustrates the drafting of by-laws and creation of mechanisms for accountable, equitable and sustainable governance of community lands and natural resources, including protections for the rights of women and marginalized groups.


Land and conflict

  • Governance off the ground

    African Studies Centre Leiden (2013)
    Both in northern Uganda and South Sudan people driven away by violence in the past are now returning to their home communities. Some of them, however, find their lands occupied by others and end up in conflict. Why is there so much confusion and contestation about land when violent conflict is over? And what makes land issues so difficult to resolve? This documentary explores land disputes in Yei County in South Sudan and Amuru District in northern Uganda, and the challenges they pose for post-conflict governance. This is a film by Mathijs van Leeuwen, Doreen Nancy Kobusingye, and Peter Hakim Justin, of the African Studies Centre, Leiden University, in collaboration with YOGIEMONK Televisie Producties. It was produced as part of the ‘Grounding Land Governance’ programme, a research programme financed by WOTRO – Science for Global Development – NWO.

Participatory land governance

Land rights for indigenous people

  • Maya Land Rights in Belize

    Centre for Indigenous Studies (2012)
    Cristina Coc and Pabla Miss from the Maya Leaders Association discuss their advocacy for Maya land rights in Belize.