LANDac, the Netherlands Land Academy, is a partnership between Dutch organisations and their Southern partners working on land governance for equitable and sustainable development. The LANDac network brings together actors, conducts research, and distributes information, focusing on new pressures and competing claims on land and natural resources.
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Every summer, LANDac organises the ‘Land Governance for Development’ Summer School in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
This year, however, due to the global COVID19 pandemic, the Annual Summer School takes place online! Covid-19 and the measures taken worldwide to curb the pandemic are of great concern to the land governance community, as alarming observations are coming in about the loss of livelihoods and deepening poverty, government crackdowns on civil society, the suspension of land administration services and irregular land acquisition. We will also reflect on these current developments and immediate effects of the pandemic, and how it might change the future work and priorities of the land governance community.
6 – 17 July 2020
Mondays to Fridays between 2PM – 5PM CEST
For more information, download the full programme here. This year’s course fee is 100 euros.
Deadline for registration: 1 July 2020
July 13 – 27, 2020
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Download the call here.
The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) organizes a virtual conference from July 13-27, 2020 on African Commons. This conference will be a mixture of prerecorded presentations and live streaming webinar panels. Presentations can be in French or English. The virtual conference aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers on the governance of shared resources in Africa. A virtual conference is more inclusive, has lower costs, a smaller carbon footprint and is not impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic, than traditional meetings.
With this virtual conference, we hope to get a broad exposure to the research done in Africa by African scholars and scholars abroad. The discourse during the conference seeks to improve governance and management of shared resources and create solutions for commons, common-pool resources, or any other form of shared resources.
Two keynote speakers are scheduled, namely Dr. François Deckon from the University of Lomé in Togo, and Dr. Barbara van Koppen from the International Water Management Institute in South Africa.
Submissions of abstracts are due June 1, 2020 via this webpage. This webpage also includes more detailed information on how to record your presentations. Presentation videos need to be submitted by July 1, 2020.
Let us know if you have any questions
Koffi Alinon; firstname.lastname@example.org
Marco Janssen; email@example.com
Everisto Mapedza; E.Mapedza@cgiar.org
Join us for the online launch of Prindex, the world’s first global survey measuring how secure people feel in their land and property rights. Having previously published data and analysis for 33 countries, Prindex is now poised to release its full global dataset of 140 countries. The event is a chance to discuss the latest global findings and how they can contribute to a world where everyone feels secure in their land and property rights.
Prindex, a ground-breaking global survey, measures the perceptions of land and property security. It contributes to the growing ecosystem of data that highlight the importance of secure rights in driving development and building a fairer world. The Prindex survey reveals the scale of land and housing insecurity around the world, who is likely to face insecurity and why. It aims to equip the global land rights movement and beyond, including governments, journalists, business, and civil society, with the knowledge needed to understand the challenges and drive the changes needed to make land — and, through that, livelihoods — more secure and productive.
Now is a crucial moment. As countries grapple with the global COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring people have a place to live has emerged as a frontline issue in the fight against the virus. Yet in many countries, the human and economic fallout from the pandemic will likely exacerbate longstanding weaknesses in land and housing security. Strong land and property rights for all are more urgently needed, even as they are more under threat.
Prindex can help as we look building back a better world after the pandemic, beginning a global discussion on how land and housing rights can be strengthened for all people. In these tumultuous times, when secure shelter and protection are particularly vital, and the importance of having a home is so stark, how can we build a world where everyone feels secure in their property rights?
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Acknowledging the centrality of land issues to end hunger and achieve sustainable development, countries have agreed to meet ambitious land targets by 2030. Five years into the SDGs, persistent land insecurity, land evictions, threats to land rights defenders and other challenges show that the land promises are not being delivered.
These challenges are now compounded with Covid-19 where economic downturns and job losses or insecurity across the world are creating havoc even among those who used to count on reliable and sufficient income. A strong pattern of reversed migration takes place, while government resources are thinly stretched.
In this webinar we invite you to discuss with us where we stand and jointly find strategies to meet the land-related SDG targets, namely: 1.4, 2.3, 5.a and 15.3.
This virtual side event is proposed as part of the 2020 SDG High Level Political Forum to be held from 7th to 16th July 2020. It is organised by the SDG Land Momentum Group, an informal group of CSOs and multilateral organizations working to promote the role of secure and equitable tenure rights in meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Global commitments to women’s land rights have never been stronger, yet there are gaps in rigorous evidence on the effectiveness of particular strategies to strengthen women’s land rights in practice. In this webinar we will host a forward looking discussion on gaps and opportunities for research on what works to improve women’s land rights. The discussion will build on the findings and conclusions of a recent report by Resource Equity that summarizes the strength and availability of evidence titled: “What Works for Women’s Land and Property Rights?” authored by Renee Giovarelli and Elisa Scalise.
Growing evidence confirms that women’s land and property rights lead to important social and economic outcomes for women and their families. Yet around the world, women remain significantly disadvantaged with regard to their land rights. Even when they are recognized as the primary users or workers on the land, they often lack ownership or control of the land or its economic outputs. Without intervention, women are constrained from meeting basic needs and achieving their aspirations, in part because they are limited by insecure land and property rights.
This raises the question of what kind of intervention works, what do we know and what do we need to know to help design and implement interventions, and sustain lasting change? The “What Works” paper shows us that research to date has been fairly narrowly focused on specific kinds of interventions, in a narrow set of geographical areas and may not correlate with what we know is happening on the ground. How do we understand the gaps so that we can target research and practice on things that we know will make a difference in women’s lives?
This webinar will engage with practitioners, researchers, activists, and donors to identify opportunities and needs for additional research, to inform practice and ultimately close the gender gap on land rights for men and women around the world.
Are there examples of interventions which we might think of as setting standards for the field (and are they sufficiently backed up by evidence)? Or put differently: what can we say “works” for women’s land rights? Is there a bare minimum that every land-related intervention MUST do?
Given your understanding of the field as it is today, where do you see the biggest needs/opportunities in terms of evidence to support practice on women’s land rights? Examples? Why?
What do you think are the biggest substantive or technical obstacles to addressing those needs/taking advantage of those opportunities?
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The Annual Conference is a one-day event that brings together our vibrant community for a thought-provoking discussion. As in previous years, the Annual Conference brings together representatives from national and international governments and policy organs, think-thanks, journalists, INGO practitioners, activists, diplomats, and field researchers from around the globe. These diverse actors assemble with a singular aim: to present their latest projects and freshest ideas, and engage their peers to learn and improve security and justice policy and programs.
This year’s theme is Harnessing Potential. The KPSRL Secretariat has come to recognize the value of mobilizing around promising ideas, new approaches, and catalytic innovations. Particularly in times when adversity appears to be mounting from every direction, it is essential to seize upon the creativity and ingenuity that difficult circumstances demand (and even inspire). With this in mind, the 2020 Annual Conference will channel our community’s collective energy to focus on those small, emergent possibilities that hold the prospect for large, sweeping changes.
In light of COVID-19 and the implications that the pandemic has had on global health as well as (inter)national travel restrictions, the KPSRL Secretariat is exploring all options with regard to how and where we will host KPAC2020. We have an exciting venue reserved for our Conference in The Hague, but are also considering everything from a remotely accessible conference to a ‘hybrid’ conference that allows for both in-person and remote access. We will be making an informed decision based off of safety and accessibility for our vast network. Please keep checking our newsletters and website for updates!
|Call for Session Proposals||May 18 – July 3|
|Attendee Registration Opens||June 18|
|Session Selection Announced||July 17|
|Final Session Outlines Due||September 14|
|Annual Conference||October 15|
The program, timetable and practical information for the day will be shared in the upcoming months.