Overview of results and output from LANDac and partners' activities. Click on the titles to read more.
  • Realizing women’s land rights in Africa and Beyond

    In October 2016, women farmers from 22 countries across Africa climbed the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to claim women’s rights for access to and control over land and natural resources. This event coincided with the launch of a campaign of the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) to reach the target of having 30 percent of […]

  • Making Land Rights Work: Zoa Land Rights Guidelines

    Secure access to land and secure use of land, for housing, agricultural and other purposes is one of the cornerstones of making sustainable, positive development possible. As ZOA provides relief, hope and recovery to people impacted by conflicts and disasters, addressing land rights issues will need to be a permanent point of attention in our […]

  • Gender Justice: Equal Land Rights for Women Dialogue Report

    The recognition and protection of women’s equal rights to use, access and control land are crucial for women’s empowerment, increased food production, healthy families and better-educated children. However, systematic structures of oppression are often expressed through land relations. This event presented stories, film and photography from successful grassroots movements in Africa and the Netherlands on women’s […]

  • Seminar report – Climate displacement

    The impacts of climate change increasingly force people away from their homes and livelihoods. Increased droughts force small-scale farmers to abandon their land and the rising sea level pushes poor families living in delta cities away from their homes. On 4 October 2018, LANDac and Displacement Solutions organised a seminar on this phenomenon, also known […]

  • LANDac Conference Report 2018

    The LANDac Annual International Conference 2018 looked at land governance through the lens of mobility. Land acquisitions trigger migration and yield other types of mobility such as capital, goods and ideas. Ensuing land claims raise new questions for land governance. So far, the discussion has focused on respecting land rights, informing local residents and offering […]

  • Learning Platforms on inclusive business, land governance and food security

    The Netherlands Land Academy (LANDac), together with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), CIFOR and Shared Value Foundation (SVF) jointly set out in 2017 to design and implement three multi-stakeholder Learning Platforms around investment hubs in Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda. The final synthesis report has now been published.

  • Summary report CITYforum Expert Meeting 2018

    Utrecht, June 27 2018 “We are inclined to look back but today we look forward. We need our imagination to develop new plans.” Investments intended to help cities grow or become climate-resilient are often designed abroad and may come at the expense of local residents’ needs and wishes. ​At the CITYforum, LANDac brought together individuals […]

  • Mobilising grassroots women and local chiefs to advance women’s land rights in…

    On 23rd April 2018, about 65 participants gathered together at the top floor of the Concord Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi, for the Women’s Land Rights Learning Event: agents of grassroots transformation. The well-designed hotel, with its spectacular views on the city’s high-rise buildings and a vibrant mini-slum below, proved to be a fruitful place for […]

  • Mekong State of Land

      The first draft of the Mekong State of Land is available for download In a region in rapid transition, understanding the changing role and contribution of land in development is critical to inform policy, planning and practices towards a sustainable future. The Mekong State of Land aims to contribute to this much needed conversation […]

  • Summary report – World Bank Conference Reflection Meeting 2018

    On April 12, 2018, LANDac organised a meeting for Dutch actors working on land governance to reflect on the World Bank’s Land and Poverty Conference 2018, that took place in Washington D.C. from March 19 – 23. The meeting brought together individuals who attended the WB Conference in Washington and those who did not attend but […]

  • Masterclass report – Land governance from the bottom up

    On March 23rd 2018, at the World Bank’s Land and Poverty Conference 2018 in Washington D.C., LANDac hosted the Master Class Land governance from the bottom up: including local communities in multi-stakeholder processes. With the Master Class, LANDac aimed to build on discussions held during the World Bank Annual Conference that often highlighted the need […]

  • KIT – Addressing Land Governance in International Responsible Business Conduct Agreements

    Within the framework of the Netherlands Social and Economic Council (SER), representatives of different stakeholder groups work together to prepare a series of sectoral agreements on reponsible business conduct in an international context. Several sectoral agreements have resulted from this process, and others are being negotiated. In support of these initiatives, the LAND dialogue has […]

  • Conference report – Adapting to Climate Change: Community-based adaptation in Multi-stakeholder landscapes

    This report details the proceedings of the seminar “Adapting to climate change: Community-based adaptation in multistakeholder landscapes”, held in Utrecht on 7th December 2017. This conference was co-organised by LANDac – the Netherlands Land Academy – and Utrecht University’ and NWO’s research programme “Towards more inclusive, cooperative and participative climate change interventions in Kenya, Ghana […]

  • Roundtable report – Inclusive urban development in Metro Manila

    This report captures the discussions and key points from the Roundtable on inclusive urban development in Metro Manila which was held at Balay Internasyonal, University of the Philippines.

  • CITYforum report – Utrecht

    On 18th and 19th September 2017, a group of experts on urban development joined a multistakeholder meeting in Utrecht, the Netherlands to discuss new ways to optimise the link between land issues and inclusive urbanisation in Jakarta, Indonesia and Manila, the Philippines. In an era where vast amounts of capital are being directed towards making […]

  • LANDac PhD Network Event

    This report summarises the inaugral LANDac PhD Network Event – which was held in Utrecht on 6th October 2017. The topic was “Ethics in land governance research”, and PhD students based all over the Netherlands participated to share experiences on methodological challenges in conducting empirical research on land governance and learn from other researchers about […]

  • Conference report – Climate change interventions as a source of conflict, competing…

    As countries in the South push for a greater focus on climate change adaptation (rather than mitigation), and enormous amounts of financing are made available through global finance mechanisms, understanding the impacts of climate interventions becomes increasingly important. Mitigation and adaptation are rarely the technical, apolitical processes as which they are framed; actions to address […]

  • LANDac 2017 Conference Report

    The LANDac Annual International Conference 2017 was titled: ‘Leave no one Behind: Setting the Land Agenda to 2030’. This edition took the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as its starting point. With over 250 participants from more than 25 countries, it addressed a variety of themes as diverse as the SDGs themselves. Sessions were about ‘new’ […]

  • Improving the positive impacts of investments on smallholder livelihoods and the landscapes…

    This publication has been produced jointly by Tropenbos International, FMO – the Dutch Development Bank, KIT- The Royal Tropical Institute, and HIVOS International. It is a working paper aimed at impact investors, and presents key pointers or core guidance that have been drawn from international standards, principles and case studies, that follow. It provides solid and […]

  • Women’s Land Rights: From Global Commitments to Local Results

    This report briefly summarises the key messages from a seminar given by Catherine Gatundu, an environmental and women’s land rights expert from ActionAid. Building on over 10 years of experience of supporting women to claim their land rights, advocating towards governments and private sector to protect and respect those rights, Gatundu will share and discuss […]

  • Strengthening Land Governance for Development: Highlights of LANDac from 2010-2016

    This publication captures the main activities and findings of the first phase of LANDac, the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development. LANDac is a platform and partnership critically engaged in land governance for achieving inclusive and sustainable development. The first phase ran from 2010 to 2016 and is followed by a […]

  • Reference note: Analysing land governance in the multi-annual strategic plans

    This reference note on land governance is developed for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, particularly embassies. The aim of this note is to facilitate the inclusion of land governance in the context analysis of the multi annual strategic plan. Other resources that can be used are the inventory of existing experience with land governance […]

  • 2014 Programme Land Governance for Development Summer School

    Now available: the 2014 day-to-day programme of the 5th LANDac Summer School “Land governance for development” Land is a priority issue in international development research, practice and policy making. Pressure on land is increasing, including for growing export and biofuel crops, as well as for speculation purposes, tourism, mining, industrial development, urbanization and nature conservation. […]

  • Report: Government land acquisition in India and China

    On Friday 25 April, LANDac and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Asia and Oceania Department) Asia Carrousel organized a lecture and lunch on government land acquisition policies and practices in India and China. Guest speakers were Dr. Malovika Pawar (Indian Administrative Service) and Dr. Yongjun Zhao (Groningen University). A short report as well as both […]

  • Action Aid Report: The Great Land Heist

    This week, ActionAid has launched a new report ‘The Great Land Heist. How the world is paving the way for corporate land grabs’ in which they highlight a large number of case studies from around the world. The cases, from Cambodia, Kenya, India, Mozambique, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, show forced evictions, human rights violations, […]