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World Bank | Violence Against Women and Girls Resource Guide: Land Sector Brief

Read the full brief here.

A recently published report by the World Bank highlights the intersections between land programs/projects and violence against women and girls. It provides recommendations for policy, as well as institutional and community level interventions that may address violence against women and girls.

“The purpose of this Brief is to highlight entry points that offer actionable guidance to development practitioners on how to integrate prevention of and response to violence against women and girls (VAWG) into land programming. The following pages contain guidance on ethics and safety, resources for carrying out a rapid situation analysis, specific actionable ideas for implementation at the policy, institutional/sectoral and community level, detailed examples of promising practices, a menu of indicators for use in M&E, and dozens of active links to more detailed resources and toolkits. This brief complements the World Bank/IFAD’s Toolkit for Integrating Gender-Related Issues in Land Policy and Administration Projects.” (p2.)

Read the full brief here.

LANDac | PLP Programme Brief

To download the programme brief, click here.

UN | Senior Expert Consultant Global Land Outlook

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification is looking for a Senior Expert Consultant to co-author/co-edit the 2nd edition of the Global Land Outlook

For more information on the vacancy, click here.

UN | Publication: The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development

In 2015, United Nations Member States decided that the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development would be informed by the Global Sustainable Development Report. In 2016 Member States decided that the report would be produced quadrennially by an independent group of scientists appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General and comprising 15 experts representing a variety of backgrounds, scientific disciplines and institutions, with geographical and gender balance.

This report, The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development, is the first quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report prepared by an independent group of scientists.

“This Global Sustainable Development Report is a poignant reminder of the risks we face if we do not act swiftly and with purpose. The Report makes clear that we are at risk of irreversibly degrading the natural systems that sustain us and further points out where we are off track in “leaving no one behind”. More ambitious, more transformative and more integrated responses are urgently needed. This evidence-based and action-oriented Report further highlights the indispensable role of science for ending hunger, tackling climate change, reducing inequality and accelerating progress across the Sustainable Development Goals.”, according to Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

Equal land governance as an integrated pathway to sustainable development is explicitly mentioned (p. 108):

Download the whole report here.

WUR/CDI | Course on Landscape Governance

The Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation offers a course on Landscape Governance, taking place between the 30th of March and the 10th of April 2020.

The deadline for Orange Knowledge / MENA Scholarship Programme is 15th of October 2019!

Landscape Governance

This course challenges forestry and nature management professionals to adopt an integrative perspective, to look beyond the forest, and to build bridges between the public and the private sector. We focus on institutional development at landscape level including multi-stakeholder platforms and networks, and financial support mechanisms to guide landscape dynamics on the ground.

For who is this course?

Participants should be experienced professionals with several years of working experience in the fields of natural resources management, forestry, agriculture, rural development, rural livelihoods, sustainable development or other relevant areas. Proficiency in English is required.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Critically examine landscape dynamics at various levels and scales;
  • Understand the implications of up-scaling participation to working with diverse stakeholder groups at landscape level;
  • Be able to identify the institutional change needed to enhance public-private collaboration and multi-stakeholder governance processes at landscape level;
  • Be able to assess your own role as manager or practitioner, and develop your competencies as a facilitator of landscape governance processes.

For more information, the costs and application, click here.
Deadline for application (without scholarship) is February 17th 2020.

LANDac | Update Professional Learning Programme

After an inspiring training period in the Netherlands in June and July, LANDac fellows returned to the countries in which they work and have started planning to conduct in-depth research on a variety of topics related to large-scale land-based investments across Africa. During the discussions in Utrecht over the summer, fellows committed themselves to conduct research and to continuously exchange knowledge, supported by LANDac, with the ultimate goal to find ways to better position communities to benefit from large-scale land-based investments.

After some time catching up on their work, fellows have decided on their research topics. Junior, based in Uganda, will be looking at the impacts of urbanization processes and land-based investments on people living in the Kibugambata community in the municipality of Jinja, a town that is about to receive an official status as a city. Junior will be working closely together with Teddy, who is researching the effects of a planned highway between the city of Kampala and Jinja, that goes hand-in-hand with the displacement of hundreds of families.

In Senegal, El Hadji is starting his research on the establishment of special economic zones (SEZ), looking at how these state-led developments will impact farming communities and in Kenya, Fridah is starting her research on alternative land investment models for large-scale land-based investments that include local women and men. Betelehem and Hiwot, both based in Ethiopia, have started their work on the impacts of a Dutch floriculture companies on local communities and last but not least, Salah is working on empowering men and women through community mapping tools in Sudan, where he is closely collaborating with the Dutch Embassy.

All fellows will start their work by first looking into the local context: who lives around these investments and what are their ambitions, priorities and challenges? Fellows will share the findings of their research through blogs and reports throughout the year through the LANDac website. Would you like to know more about their research projects or get in touch with one of the fellows? Contact coordinator Romy Santpoort (r.m.santpoort@uu.nl).

GLTN | Stories of Change

GLTN announced a new publication Stories of Change, Global Land Tool Network Phase 2. This publication is a collection of stories that illustrate outcomes of selected projects from the GLTN Phase 2 programme 2012-2018 at both global and country levels. The publication talks about changes at institutional and policy levels, as well as changes in attitudes and behaviour among decision makers and communities when it comes to dealing with the issues of land and tenure security.

Through these stories GLTN demonstrate how GLTN’s partnerships and catalytic interventions led to changes and improved lives of disadvantaged populations in different contexts, for example: improving basic services in informal urban settlements, improving rural livelihoods, strengthening land rights for women in customary lands, supporting post-disaster reconstruction efforts, mediating land conflicts and supporting peace and stability efforts in post-conflict contexts.

For the website, click here.
For the Stories of Change, click here.

LANDac | Annual International Conference Report 2019 available

The LANDac Annual International Conference Report 2019 is now available on our website. Have a look over here. For any comments, send an e-mail to landac.geo@uu.nl

LANDac | Guatemala Blogs Updated

Jur Schuurman’s blog series on Guatemala have been updated. In this series, Jur tells the story of Guatemalan land issues from many perspectives: land ownership and tenure, urban and rural land use, the (non-) governmental institutional setting, connections to international platforms and last but not least, the way land governance is affected by the context of what is in fact a failed (or failing) state. Concrete cases illustrate these general concepts.

Read the blog series here.