The LANDdialogue is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to improve global land governance through strengthening the practical application and monitoring of improvement measures by Dutch companies, the Dutch government, knowledge institutes and NGOs, in line with the VGGT principles.
There is a strong link between the work of the LANDdialogue and LANDac. As LANDac II continues to bring together actors, conduct research and distribute information, it’s knowledge agenda feeds into and fosters the LANDdialogue’s discussions with its stakeholders and other Dutch actors. Networks of LANDac and the LANDdialogue largely overlap and continuously meet throughout the year, with LANDac’s Annual International Conference and the LANDdialogue’s High-level dialogue session as important periodic events for synergy and collaboration. The LANDdialogue is furthermore hosted by the LANDac secretariat.
In the Netherlands, various stakeholders including the the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, companies and financial institutions, civil society organisations and knowledge institutes have repeatedly expressed their willingness and ambition to contribute to the improvement of land governance in countries where Dutch players are active. This has resulted in an initiative to organise the Dutch LANDdialogue (previously known as the Land Governance Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue).
Participants of the LANDdialogue, together with other interested stakeholders and partners, want to invest time and energy to effectively contribute from the Netherlands to the improvements of land governance in countries in which the Netherlands is active. It is their goal to promote the practical application and monitoring of improvement measures by the Dutch private sector, government, knowledge institutes and NGOs in line with the principles adopted in the VGGTs.
Learning about, and the development and application of practical solutions that lead to better land governance are central in the multi-stakeholder process. The backbone of this process comprises periodic dialogue sessions with key decision makers, in which representatives discuss lessons learned from cases, the relevance of certain issues, the possibility for generalisation/scaling up certain initiatives, and chances for influence. To maximise the effects of these discussions, representatives of organisations who can actually influence policy and regulations within their own sectors participate in these sessions. These periodic dialogues are chaired by the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. These sessions form the high level component of the LANDdialogue.
Within the objectives of a multi-annual LANDdialogue process the committed participants work to the following outcomes during both the elaboration of the cases and in broader dialogue sessions:
Learning about, and development and application of practical solutions that lead to better land governance are central in the multi-stakeholder process. The backbone of this process is comprised of a few periodic dialogue sessions with mainly decision makers, in which merely lessons learned, the relevancy and the possibility for generalisation, the chances for influence, alterations within organizations and/or partnerships will be discussed and agreed upon. To maximize the effects of these discussions, representatives of organizations who can actually influence policy and regulations within own organizations and sectors participate in these sessions. These periodic dialogues are chaired by the minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. These sessions form the high level component of the LANDdialogue.
LANDdialogue Organising Committee
The Organising Committee (OC) of the LANDdialogue is the executive body of the LANDdialogue and consists of:
The LANDdialogue is facilitated by Alke Gijrath (e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org)
For summaries of past OC meetings, as well as scheduled meetings, please visit our ‘News and events’ section have a look below.
The secretariat of the LANDdialogue is based at Utrecht University and is supported by LANDac. To get in touch with the Organising Committee of the LANDdialogue, please contact Alke Gijrath (email@example.com), Frits van der Wal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chantal Wieckardt (email@example.com).
Since the first LANDdialogue High Level meeting in 2015, a range of activities have been taken up, varying from a one-year programme on ‘Scaling up women’s land rights’ to the publication of an investor guide to identify land governance risks in investment decisions. Below you can find activities, publications and other outputs of the LANDdialogue.
An overview of all land-related events in the Netherlands and beyond can be found here on the general LANDac website. This page includes information specifically about the LANDdialogue: summaries of meetings of the Organising Committee (OC), past newsletters and upcoming LANDdialogue activities.
The next meetings of the Organising Committee are scheduled to take place on:
Summaries of meetings of the OC are published 1 to 2 weeks after the meetings take place. The summaries are a brief description of the topics which were discussed. In case of any additional questions regarding the meetings, the Organising Committee or our activities, feel free to contact Alke Gijrath (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Picture: Romy Santpoort (Shared Value Foundation & LANDac)