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LAND-at-scale Knowledge Management Launch

Knowledge management and learning is at the heart of RVO’s LAND-at-scale program. For this reason, RVO is excited to announce a partnership with LANDac and ...
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PhD Dissertation “In the Aftermath of the Jatropha Boom: Exploring socio-political and ecological dynamics in ‘failed’ jatropha spaces in Ghana”

We are happy to share that Richmond Antwi-Bediako has recently and successfully defended his LANDac-related PhD dissertation “In the Aftermath of the Jatropha Boom: Exploring ...
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Handbook of Translocal Development and Global Mobilities

Edited by Annelies Zoomers, Professor of International Development Studies and Maggi Leung, Kei Otsuki and Guus Van Westen, Associate Professors, Department of Human Geography and ...
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15th June 2021 - ALL DAY

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
16th June 2021
14:00 to 15:30

On the 16th of June a webinar will be organized on Women and Community Land Rights.
Times: 8:00-9:30 AM EST / 1:00-2:30 PM BST / 2:00-3:30 PM CEST / 3:00-4:30 PM EAT / 8:00-9:30 PM ULAT / 10:00-11:30 PM AEST

Women’s Land Tenure Security (WOLTS)is a practical action-research project on gender and land, led by development consultants Mokoro. For more than five years WOLTS has collaborated with local partners People Centered Conservation (PCC) in Mongolia and HakiMadini in Tanzania, investigating the intersection of gender and land relations in mining-affected pastoralist communities. The project aimed to develop a methodology for long-term community engagement and capacity building to protect and support the land rights of all vulnerable people.

This webinar will share latest results from the project’s work over the past five years, including the methods used to engage local communities and identify and train land rights champions.

For more information about the webinar, visit the website of the Land Portal

To register, click here

17th June 2021
15:00 to 16:30

Organisers: The Tenure Facility, Land Portal Foundation, Ford Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation

When: June 17th 2021 at 9:00AM-10:30AM EST (15:00 PM– 16:30 PM CET)

Where: online, please register here.

Indigenous Peoples globally have high exposure to environmental change and are often considered an ‘‘at-risk’’ population, although there is growing evidence of their resilience. Ample research illustrates that Indigenous Peoples are actively observing and adapting to change in a diversity of ways. In this webinar we will examine the common factor affecting resilience to environmental change among Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

The concept of resilience has been outlined and used in different ways and we use it here to think holistically about the general characteristics that affect the ‘‘capacity of individuals, communities, and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it.” Strong connections to the land heldby many indigenous and local communities bring unique reflections for understanding and responding to environmental change. Thus, the indirect effects of environmental change on interpersonal and environmental relationships, life experience, belief systems, family, and oral history are often as important as, if not more so, the more direct impacts of climate change.

The COP has recognized the need to strengthen knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change. Indigenous knowledge thus makes an important contribution to climate change policy, and Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action; by observing changing climates, adapting to impacts and contributing to global mitigation efforts (UNESCO, 2019).

This event is the third of a series of webinars organised under the “Land Dialogues” series, a Tenure Facility, Land Portal, Ford Foundation and Thomson Reuters Foundation initiative promoting the importance of recognizing legal ownership of Indigenous Peoples and local communities land rights as a prerequisite for achieving national and international goals
for forest governance, food security, climate mitigation, economic development, and human rights.

20th June 2021 - ALL DAY
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

28th June 2021
14:00 to 17:00

Last June, the Land Portal Foundation convened a dozen members to establish the LandVoc Community of Experts to contribute to the development, promotion and uptake of LandVoc, the powerful linked land governance thesaurus maintained as a sub-schema of AGROVOC. Building on that session, the LandPortal Foundation and the LandVoc Community of Experts invite you to a new workshop to support shared learning and dialogue on the development, promotion and adoption of AGROVOC sub-schemes similar to LandVoc. This workshop  is open to anyone involved in the production or use of specialised vocabularies related to food, agriculture, fisheries and land, or interested in processes of vocabulary management and adoption.

The event will take place via Zoom in English, with a mix of plenary and small-group break-out sessions where participants will have opportunities to discuss issues with peers. 

Read more and register on the website of The Land Portal

29th June 2021
14:00 to 16:30

Knowledge management and learning is at the heart of RVO's LAND-at-scale program. For this reason, RVO is excited to announce a partnership with LANDac and the International Land Coalition for the implementation of an integrated knowledge management component as part of the program.

LAND-at-scale has kicked off with projects in 14 different countries. Through our knowledge management strategy, we aim to achieve maximum impact of those country projects by gaining a deeper understanding on the conditions required to create structural and positive change.

Join us at a LANDac conference pre-event on June 29th at 2 PM CEST to learn more about our approach and to give us your feedback. Click here to register for the event*.

We hope to see you there!

*Registration for the LANDac conference is not required to attend the launch.

30th June 2021 - ALL DAY

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 - ALL DAY
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
Take a look at the Summer School webpage for more information on this year's programme, or visit the Utrecht University Summer School website for more information and registration.

The 2021 Summer School will take place online.

5th July 2021 - ALL DAY

The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) announce that the 16th EADI General Conference, to be held from Monday 5 July to Thursday 8 July 2021, will take place entirely online. We will make sure that the conference also in its virtual format will become a very special event. It will benefit from the virtual hospitality of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), one of Europe’s oldest and largest centres for research and education in the field of development studies. The conference will be combined with the Development Dialogue, the annual European conference of PhD candidates working in development studies.

The central theme of the conference is “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”. Together, these three concepts represent our aspirations for approaches to global development that address inequality, poverty and political marginalisation, also in connection with climate change and other environmental threats. Solidarity is essential for any process of social change. Based on mutually shared interests and human values, solidarity can be extremely powerful yet can also be easily undermined in an era of fake news and (electronically) manipulated elections. Peace and social justice are similarly important values in (as well as aspired outcomes of) struggles or transformation processes in which solidarity is key.

Visit the conference website here!

14th October 2021 - ALL DAY

Recent global upheavals have shaken the status is now time to decide where the pieces will land.

One of the most reliable forces in nature is inertia.Without an intervening force, things tend to continue in the same direction. Change to the status quo requires a shock to the system.For better or worse, the Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) sector has been dealt a number of recent shocks. This creates an opportunity to tilt the scales of power. But will it lead to a more balanced system?

At KPAC21, we challenge our community to move beyond aspirational rhetoric and showcase concrete examples of what could be done differently. For our part, we aim to practice what we preach. While each session will have a designated lead guiding conversation,we will ensure every session includes open forums for participants to share ideas and insights. No ‘talking heads’;no‘talking points’; just real talk. The objective is to create an inclusive space around the table.

Key Dates

  • Call for Session Proposals May27July 2
  • Attendee Registration Opens June 16
  • Session Selection Announced July 26
  • Final Session Outlines Due October 1
  • Annual Conference October 14

Read more here.