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15th April 2021
12:00 to 13:30

LAND at lunch: Investments and conflict in Cabo Delgado, Northern Mozambique

On April 15, from 12.00 – 13.30 CEST, LANDac organizes a lunch seminar to discuss the ongoing events in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, where violent conflicts have been afflicting people for years. Latest reports describe that the city of Palma has been besieged by Islamic extremists and thousands of people fled the region. Colleagues who know the situation in Cabo Delgado point out that the ongoing conflict is not merely the outcome of Islamic extremism, but a result of decades of poverty, inequality and unemployment in a region in which foreign investors profit from the abundant natural resources.  

In 2018, LANDac, in collaboration with the LANDdialogue and Shared Value Foundation, carried out a bottom-up research project on the impacts of land-based investments in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique (you can find a summary of our results here). The discovery of gas just off the coast of Mozambique – combined with the rich soils and abundance of natural resources such as ruby and graphite – has attracted a large number of investors to the province. But at the same time, Cabo Delgado is among the poorest regions in the country and people affected by these type of investments do not share in the profits. On the contrary, our research showed that over 10.000 people will be displaced as a result of the recent oil and gas investments and many more have lost their land and livelihoods to foreign investors in the wider region.

You are warmly invited to join LANDac during this open discussion, organized in collaboration with LANDac fellows and colleagues from Mozambique. We will discuss recent events in Cabo Delgado and reflect upon the link with land governance and land-based investments. What has happened since our research in 2018? And what do we know about what is currently happening? Furthermore, we will discuss what we, researchers, policymakers, practitioners and businesses in the Netherlands and beyond can and should take to address the situation and put the wellbeing of people living and working in the province back on the agenda.

Join us on Zoom!


15th May 2021 00:00 -
17th May 2021 00:00
FIG | 6th FIG Young Surveyors Conference
‘Challenges in our new reality: Reimagining a Sustainable Future’

Date: 15-16 May 2021
Time: online conference across four time zones

Surveyors play a large role in the drive towards our common future. More so, young surveyors representing the link with the future play a larger role in the adaption to the new reality and face the Global Challenges of our day. This requires the involvement, and cooperation of young surveyors from the wide spectrum of the surveying profession. The 6th FIG Young Surveyors Conference (6YSC) is a two-day online conference, held across four time zones, that will provide young surveyors from different cultures, countries, academic qualifications, and professional backgrounds to meet, learn from each other, dialogue on the integral role of young surveyors towards rising up to the Challenges of our New Reality.
15th June 2021 00:00 -
25th June 2021 00:00

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment | Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

Next Training: June 15-25, 2021
Location: Online   

Download the 2021 Executive Training Brochure herePlease find the application link here. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until March 31, 2021.

CCSI’s Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture provides an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities of agricultural investments. The program is designed to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to address some of the key challenges posed by international investments in agriculture, and to encourage a rich dialogue about practices from around the globe.

Who should attend?

This interdisciplinary program is designed for mid-level public sector officials and civil society representatives from low- and middle-income countries, whose responsibilities relate to investments, agriculture, land, or rural development. Representatives of bilateral development agencies, foundations, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, and the private sector may also be admitted.

The training is delivered in English. All participants must be able to communicate fluently in English.

When and how will the training be delivered?

The training will take place from June 15-25, 2021.

While the Executive Training is usually held in-person at Columbia University, the 2021 program will be held online.

The virtual training will include asynchronous and synchronous learning and peer-to-peer sharing components:

  • Short and interactive live training sessions will take place each business day from June 15-25. These sessions will be dedicated to engagement with course lecturers and practitioners, and to peer-to-peer sharing. A detailed schedule of live sessions will be shared with participants in early 2021.
  • Background materials for each training topic, including video presentations and readings, will be shared with participants through a dedicated course platform and available for review by participants in advance of the live sessions.

What are the program fees?

The training will be made freely available to accepted participants who fall into the following categories:

  • Non-profit organizations (must be registered as a non-profit in your jurisdiction)
  • Government officials from low- and middle-income countries

A program fee of USD $500 applies to all other accepted participants, including those who fall into the following categories:

  • Government officials from high-income countries
  • Private sector
  • Funders (including bilateral development agencies and foundations)
  • UN agencies
  • Intergovernmental organizations

Please note that CCSI adheres to a strict cancellation and refund policy for all executive trainings. Details of the cancellation policy applicable to online trainings will be posted on this website page in November 2020.

How can I apply?

Complete and submit this application form.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis until March 31, 2021. We encourage applicants to apply early in order to secure a place.


The course draws primarily from among faculty and experts at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Outside experts also teach specific topics related to their expertise. Faculty from the past trainings have included:

  • Luiz Amaral, Director, Global Solutions for Commodities and Finance, World Resources Institute
  • Ward Anseeuw, Senior Technical Specialist (Knowledge, Learning and Innovation), International Law Coalition; Research Fellow, CIRAD
  • Joseph Bell, Of Counsel, Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Karol Boudreaux, Chief Program Officer, Landesa
  • Ronald Chari, Counsel, World Bank Group
  • Lorenzo Cotula, Principal Researcher, IIED
  • Sonkita Conteh, Director, Sierra Leone Program, Namati
  • Esther Delbourg, École Polytechnique
  • Heather Eisenlord, Human Rights Director, ISLP
  • Joshua Fisher, Director, Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity
  • Laura German, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Center for Integrative Conservation and Research, University of Georgia
  • Bruce Gilchrist, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Michael Jarvis, Executive Director, Transparency & Accountability Initiative
  • Kiersten Johnson, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, USAID Bureau for Food Security
  • Jon Lindsay, Lead Counsel for Land and Natural Resources, Environmental and International Law Practice Group, World Bank
  • Simon Mason, Senior Research Scientist, Climate, Disasters, International Outreach, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
  • Tiernan Mennen, Vice President, Governance and Rights, Abt Associates
  • Ángel G. Muñoz, Associate Research Scientist,Climate Variations and Predictability, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
  • Mark Musumba, Associate Research Scientist, Agriculture and Food Security Center, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Carolyn Mutter, International Program Manager, Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP)
  • Amanda Richardson, Co-Founder and Program Director, Resource Equity
  • Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • Alex Ruane, Research Coordinator and Climate Team Lead, Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • Tess Russo, Portfolio Lead and Research Scientist, Global Good, Intellectual Ventures
  • Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, University Professor at Columbia University, and Senior UN Advisor
  • Senior legal, economics, and technical staff of CCSI
20th June 2021 00:00 -
26th June 2021 00:00
FIG | E-Working Week 2021

'Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management. Challenges in a New Reality'

Date: 20 - 25 June 2021
What impact is the coronavirus pandemic having on the geospatial industry worldwide? The current situation is unique. There are no textbooks from which we can learn how to master such a crisis. The impact varies from country to country and from organisation to organisation. Such a change in reality brings challenges and opportunities. During FIG e-Working Week we want to focus on the surveyor and the challenges they have in an unstable, uncertain, unpredictable world and with what technology, methods and procedures they face these new developments. How do surveyors adapt to these unexpected circumstances and what have we learned so far from these challenges?

This special e-Working Week will be accessible from all over the world, allowing the whole FIG Community with over 250.000 members from 120 countries to join in the event.

More information

30th June 2021 00:00 -
3rd July 2021 00:00

Land, Crisis and Resilience

30 June – 2 July 2021

The LANDac Annual International Conference offers a podium for knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners and private sector representatives interested in land governance for equitable and sustainable development. Anticipating that the COVID-19 global crisis will continue to restrict travel and large-scale events, the LANDac Annual International Conference 2021 will be held in an online format.

This year’s conference ‘Land, Crisis and Resilience’ focusses on the challenges that global, intertwining crises pose to land governance systems, processes and actors. The global pandemic and the expected economic decline play out simultaneously with ongoing effects of climate change and persistent food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic put land access and land governance under pressure, and both uncovered and deepened underlying problems. While we have only started to document the impacts of the pandemic on rural and urban livelihoods, we also need to ask how it plays out in relation to these other crises, chronic (such as poverty) or acute (e.g. climate-related hazards). To this background, the conference addresses three interconnected questions:

  • How do different global crises impact land access? (And where do we see the biggest problems?)
  • How does the land governance landscape respond? (And where does it need to do better?)
  • What can we learn about resilience in response to these intertwined crises? (And how could land governance support that?)
5th July 2021 00:00 -
17th July 2021 00:00
LANDac Annual Summer School
Land Governance for Development

Every summer, LANDac organises the ‘Land Governance for Development’ Summer School in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The next Summer School will take place between the 5th – 16th July 2021.

Large-scale acquisition of land in the global South has received a great deal of interest in the last few years. Especially following the food crisis (2003-08), and stimulated by the growing demand for biofuels, pressure on land continues to increase. This course provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the ‘land rush’ within the more general context of land governance in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: the history and drivers, the diversity of stakeholders and networks involved, the urgency and current challenges, and innovative governance solutions.

The large-scale acquisition of land in the global South – often referred to as land grabbing – has received much attention from academics, policy-makers, and media in the last years. Especially following the food crisis (2003-08), and stimulated by the growing demand for bio-energy, pressure on land in developing countries has increased quickly. Besides the demand for agricultural land, current land acquisitions are also related to tourism development, the rush for minerals and oil, industrial development, urbanization and nature conservation. Local populations often seem defenseless in this ‘rush for land’ and governments lack capacity to address the challenges. As a result, access to and use of natural resources, particularly in the developing world, is being transformed irreversibly.

Land governance in developing countries has to deal with the multiple pressures and competing claims in balancing economic growth, environmental protection and social justice. This course provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the ‘land rush’ within the more general context of land governance in Africa, Asia and Latin America: the history and drivers of the processes, the diversity of stakeholders and networks involved, the urgency and current challenges, and innovative governance solutions.

The course
The course is organized by the Netherlands Academy for Land Governance (LANDac), a network of organizations interested in how land governance may contribute to sustainable and inclusive development. MSc students, PhD students and professionals from development organizations and related projects will acquire up-to-date knowledge on new land pressures and learn how to place these in broader theoretical contexts and policy debates. Participants learn about best practices in land governance from different perspectives and on multiple levels, from local to international. Topics are discussed in interactive mini-courses, lectures and solution-oriented workshops. The design of the course allows for participants to closely work together with professionals, experts and fellow students from a variety of backgrounds.

The tutorials in the two-week course provide a general overview of important themes such as the global land rush, land governance, land administration and land issues in post-conflict situations. This overview is complemented by a mix of case studies that illustrate issues and trends in specific contexts, cases highlighted in previous LANDac summer schools include (trans)national land investments in Indonesia and the Philippines, government-led land acquisition and resettlement policies in India, and World Bank policies on land. The course also investigates the trend of foreigners buying real estate for residential tourism in Costa Rica, land governance solutions in countries with weak institutions such as Burkina Faso, challenges for participatory land governance in Mozambique, and coping with urban pressures on agricultural land in Vietnam. Topics are discussed from a range of perspectives, blending insights from Dutch and international academics with those of development practitioners, representatives of farmers’ organizations and government policy advisors.

More information
Visit the Utrecht University Summer School website for more information and to register, or contact us at if you have any questions.

Last year (2020), due to the global COVID19 pandemic, the Annual Summer School took 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 also reflected 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.