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8th October 2019
13:00 to 14:00

Join ILC members that work to defend the defenders. Register
to learn what they're doing and how to engage! Members will take you through their work, share good practices and answer your questions LIVE!
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Introduction from the moderator
Global and regional inititatives to protect land defenders 
Discussion with the audience
Presentation on ILC knowledge products
Final discussion*

This webinar will be held in English only*

PANELIST Carole Excell - World Resources Institute (WRI) Hernando Silvan - Observatorio Cuidadano Nathaniel Don Marquez - Asian NGO coalition for Agrarian
Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC)

ILC has launched a new series of webinars as part of the ILC Corner. Webinars are online interactive sessions to learn more about the work of ILC platforms directly from the voice of members!

By joining them you will:
- Familiarise yourself with ILC platforms
- Receive updates and knowledge products
- Build multi-level synergies with fellow ILC members
- Find out about learning opportunities 

9th October 2019
09:00 to 14:00

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This event, hosted by SDI, with input from Cordaid and Arcadis, we will take a deep dive into local level challenges and initiatives, such as the role of urban development professionals (private and public), organized urban poor communities, and NGOs. Speakers will share experiences with various tools and approaches on the ground through the presentation of case studies from each organization.

During this event, we will explore various approaches to climate change adaptation, resilience and mitigation work, seeking to understand how they are interlinked and how they impact issues of social justice, inclusivity, and sustainability so that we can work together to produce development that works for all.

Anchored by lead speakers such as Sheela Patel, this event will deepen and sharpen these discussions and explore concrete steps we can take to bring our aspirations into reality. We invite thought leaders, senior policy makers, active citizen groups, government officials, and business leaders to explore what it will take to produce new alliance partnerships that will make change happen in the 21st century.

After these initial presentations, we will break into small groups to make clear and concrete recommendations for strategies to jointly address these challenges. 

Preliminary programme

09:00 - Introductions 

09:15 - Keynote panel on global resilience challenges and actions

09:45 - Tea break 

10:15 - Presentation of case studies by SDI, Cordaid and Arcadis

11:00 - Knowledge Cafe on Building Climate Resilience for the Urban Poor 

12:30 - Report back to large group 

13:00 - Lunch & wrap up 

Will you join us?

Your presence would be of great value. It is important for slum dwellers to be heard and recognized, because only when they are heard can they be part of the solution. Please let us know if you will attend. You can register through

16th October 2019 12:00 -
17th October 2019 12:00

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has called the 16th of October World Food Day since 1979.

World Food Day: Building a Zero Hunger Generation

On October 16 millions of people around the world will gather at marathons, exhibitions, concerts and marches to observe World Food Day. Initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) it is one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar.

More than just a casual series of festivities, World Food Day is organised to bring awareness to how our changing planet affects food production and distribution. Related events explore several topics such as examining how agriculture needs to adapt due to climate change to migration affects food security. The goal of these sessions is to set goals that will eventually lead to building a Zero Hunger Generation.

On a more personal level, World Food Day activities provide education to individuals on ways they can change simple daily habits and decisions to make a difference. Related resources help individuals understand the important global issues such as poverty, conflict and climate change that impact the world’s food supply and distribution.

Over 150 countries partake in this event, hosting many events to promote and celebrate World Food Day. Why not mark October 16th on your calendar and find out how you can get involved at events in your community.

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17th October 2019
18:00 to 19:30

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MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PLATFORMS (MSPs) are now widely promoted and used as an innovative way to sustain inclusive development and achieve systems change in the field of land and natural resource governance. The Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Land Tenure calls on MSPs for its implementation and monitoring at national level, while at regional level, the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa, “promotes the need for a shared vision among all stakeholders of a comprehensive and coordinated land policy as a major factor in national development”.

The International Land Coalition has been promoting multi-stakeholder processes for land governance since its inception, and is currently supporting them in 28 countries. Multi-stakeholder collaboration requires capabilities to think systematically, facilitate skillfully, and convene across constituencies.

What do we know about the evolution of multi-stakeholder platforms and their contribution to a more inclusive and equitable land governance agenda? What are the existing knowledge and operational gaps preventing multi-stakeholder collaboration from being truly transformational?

Join Mike Taylor (ILC Secretariat Director) and Blake Ratner (Executive Director of Collaborating for Resilience, CoRe), as they guide an esteemed panel of experts to address these questions and reflect on the current and future role of multi-stakeholder platforms in CATALYSING SYSTEMIC CHANGE IN LAND GOVERNANCE.

The event will also present the results of a consultative process to build a GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE as a permanent space for building skills, promoting cross-country learning and enhancing leadership of national multi-stakeholder platforms.

29th October 2019 12:00 -
30th October 2019 12:00

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6th November 2019
15:30 to 16:30

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In this webinar, Jude Fransman and Kate Newman (co-convenors of the Rethinking Research Collaborative) will discuss their work on understanding and improving trans-national/sectoral/disciplinary research collaboration to address the urgent social and environmental challenges facing the world today.

Charting the shift from effectiveness to equity and onwards to an ecological agenda for research collaboration, they will explore the politics of research from ODA-funding and participation in research governance to design, implementation, communication, adaptation and use of research and consider the implications for rethinking research ethics, impact and capacity.

Dr Jude Fransman is a social scientist with an interdisciplinary background spanning international development, education and science and technology studies. In her research she focuses on on the politics of knowledge mobilisation. She is currently research fellow at the Institute of Educational Technology/The Open University.

Dr Kate Newman has worked in the international development sector for the past 20 years, initially based in Mexico, then at ActionAid in the UK, where she coordinated a global programme. She has also been a consultant to various international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and worked at the Open University. Today she is Co-head Research, Evidence and Learning at Christian Aid UK.

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6th November 2019
16:00 to 17:30

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“Where are the opportunities to take forward an ambitious transparency, anti-corruption and open data agenda in the land sector?"

Join the Land Portal for a Webinar, co-hosted with the Open Data for Development (OD4D) network, exploring routes to realise the potential of open data as a tool for anti-corruption in the land sector.

This September, Land Portal hosted an online dialogue on ‘Open Land Data in the Fight Against Corruption’. This responded to a dual recognition that corruption remains a major issue in land governance, and that open data has been identified as a powerful tool in the fight against corruption. At the same time, gaps remain between the promise and the reality of open data in the land sector. Poor data availability, underdeveloped theories of change, and a lack of implementation support have all contributed to slower-than-desired progress in data publication and use over the last decade. Whereas some sectors, such as agriculture, aid and procurement, have seen substantial transparency initiatives, land registers and data on land-deals remain opaque in many places around the world, and there has been comparatively little attention given to improving open data availability and use around land and anti-corruption. This is in spite of substantial donor support for the creation of digital systems in the land sector.

This webinar will bring together donors and intermediary organisations to explore questions including:

  • Are new initiatives needed to secure a step change in how open data is used for land governance?
  • How can open data principles be embedded within wider land sector programmes and anti-corruption efforts?
  • Where are the priority areas for open data investment in the land sector?
  • And what can we learn from how other sectors have embedded open data approaches?

14th November 2019
15:30 to 17:00

On the 14th of November, FMO, SNV, WWF-NL and CFM launch the Dutch Fund for Climate and Development.

Date and time: Thursday 14 November 2019
Registration starting at 15:30, opening at 16:00
Location: De Glazen Zaal, Prinsessegracht 26 2514 AP The Hague 
You can find more information about the program on the event website.

The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD)
The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) enables private sector investment in projects aimed at climate adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made €160 million available to increase the resilience of communities and ecosystems most vulnerable to climate change.

The DFCD is managed by a pioneering consortium of Climate Fund Managers (CFM), World Wide Fund for Nature Netherlands (WWF-NL) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, led by the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank, FMO.

19th November 2019
15:00 to 16:30

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How can formalization of collectively held land rights secure women’s rights?

Evidence shows that women can benefit from having individualised land rights formalized in their names. However, similar evidence is not available for formalization of land rights that are based on collective tenure. Studies have estimated that as much as 65 percent of the world’s land is held under customary, collective-tenure systems. Improving tenure security for land held collectively has been shown to improve resource management and to support self-determination of indigenous groups. Yet little attention has been paid to the question of  whether women and men share equally in the benefits of formalizing collective tenure. This is complicated by the fact that very often, even if lands are held collectively, they are sometimes allocated and managed on an individual household basis.

This webinar aims to explore the question: under what conditions might formalization of collective tenure improve women’s tenure security?

The Research Consortium, by Resource Equity, is a hub for collecting, sharing, and exchanging knowledge on how to effectively advance women’s land rights. The Consortium identifies gaps in knowledge and helps develop a common agenda for research so that learning can more easily be compared, shared, and applied.

In August of 2018 the Research Consortium launched a grant-making program. For the inaugural Request for Proposal the Consortium invited applicants to submit proposals on the topic of the effectiveness of land and resource tenure interventions to improve the lives of women. The grant-supported research covers interventions in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Indonesia/Peru/Uganda, each covering different intervention types: large-scale, systematic land certification to individual or jointly-held plots, issuing certificates of customary ownership on lands that are held collectively but are managed on an individual household basis, and formalization approaches on collective-held and communally managed rights to forest lands.

Panelists will address the following questions:

  • What mechanisms can help ensure that women’s rights are protected equally with those of men in different processes for formalizing land rights?
  • What lessons, challenges, or questions remain on how to ensure gender-equitable outcomes in different processes for formalizing land rights?
  • What are the most important enabling conditions for achieving gender equity in outcomes?
  • What kinds of data are helpful in answering these questions?
  • What are the next steps for the research community?

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Moderator: Amanda Richardson, Resource Equity

  • John Leckie, DAI- Global  
  • Iliana Monteresso, CIFOR 
  • Paul Ntegeka, Associates Research Trust- Uganda

21st November 2019 08:00 -
24th November 2019 17:00

The 2019 Regional Assembly of the Africa Platform of International Land Coalition will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from 21 to 24 November 2019.

This year’s event is special because it happens just before the 3rd Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA), a continental event organised by the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC), which provides an avenue for deeper engagements on land. 

Another unique feature of this year’s gathering is the Land Forum, an event which brings together government representatives, businesses, civil society, think tanks, academia, and the media from across the continent to dialogue on land and natural resource questions.
The theme of this year’s Regional Assembly is “how transparency in land governance can support development efforts”. Under it, participants will lead open discussions about how transparency in land governance can impact gender justice, women land rights, and development. They will also examine the role of data, maps, multi-stakeholder platforms in promoting accountability and protecting community land rights. 
While Africa has experienced strong economic growth in the last few decades, the continent is yet to fully meet its intended development targets. Standing in the way of development is often fragmented and confused tenure systems, which sometimes leads to unrests and conflicts. Because of the impact of this, policy makers are beginning to lay more emphasis on land governance. 
In 2018, land reform processes ended with progressive laws in Liberia and Togo, while countries such as Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda continued consultations on their land policies. Madagascar and Malawi sustained monitoring of the implementation of new land codes voted between 2015-2017. 
In South Africa and Senegal, the land question did not only dominate debates around public policy, but it also became a central topic for the 2019 presidential elections. All these processes happening in different countries demonstrate the issuing political will that the Civil Society must capitalise on to make them transparent, inclusive and people -centred.
Participants expected at this year’s gathering will generate specific policy recommendations that will inform the CLPA and other land policy fora. 
For more information on the Assembly, contact: Israel Bionyi ( and Audace Kubwimana (