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News and Events

Deadline for application: October 1st 2020 Wageningen University and Research (WUR), the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and Read more
The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has shared three new technical analyses to serve as a roadmap to scale up Read more
Over the course of 2018 and 2019 Jur Schuurman has zoomed in on the story of Guatemalan land issues from Read more
The International Land Coalition invites you to participate in the virtual 2020 Regional Assemblies and Land Forums. Please be aware Read more
The Mekong Land Research Forum is the primary resource for informed research, education, and advocacy around land relations in the Read more
By Karol Boudreaux (Landesa), Alexandre Corriveau-Bourque (Norwegian Refugee Council), Yuliya Panfil (New America), and Chantal Wieckardt (LANDac) Following the Webinar Series Read more
This article by Louis, Mauto, Dodd, Heidenrich, Dolo and Urey (2020) was published in Land and summarizes the evidence on Read more
The engagement of youth and young professionals plays a key role achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since today's youth Read more

Upcoming Events

21st September 2020 00:00 –
25th September 2020 00:00

CBA14: 14th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change

Join us for the 2020 International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA14), the leading practitioner-focused forum on climate adaptation, delivering dialogue and evidence to inform policy and action – from the local to the global scale.

CBA14 will bring together practitioners, community representatives, local and national government planners, researchers, policymakers and donors for interactive discussions, workshops and skillshares.

This event is the only conference that focuses on community-based adaptation, putting the people most vulnerable to climate change at the centre of the conversation. This year, this key event in the climate adaptation calendar will take place online, with an innovative programme focused on learning, networking and creative dialogue.

For more information and how to register, click here!

13th October 2020 00:00 –
15th October 2020 00:00

CFS High-Level Special Event on Food Security and Nutrition

Date: 13 – 15 October 2020

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm (Rome time)

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will organize a High-Level Virtual Special Event on Food Security and Nutrition, 13 – 15 October 2020. The session, in lieu of CFS 47 which has been rescheduled to 8 – 12 February 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, will seek to keep food security and nutrition front and centre on the global sustainable development agenda.

Over the course of these 3 days, CFS will organize three high-level virtual plenaries, one per day, to:

  1. Take stock of the global food security situation guided by the SOFI 2020 and the HLPE report on Building a Global Narrative towards 2030;
  2.  Reflect on the impacts of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition and the global efforts needed to “build back better”; and,
  3. Discuss the draft CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition and the draft CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches, and their relevance to the objectives of the UN

To enrich and complement the plenary discussions and to give its partners and stakeholders an opportunity to highlight their work, CFS will organize 12 virtual side events over the three days – 4 per day. The side events (two in the morning before plenary and two in the afternoon after plenary), will be hosted/co-hosted and organized by CFS stakeholders. Each virtual side event will be allocated one and a half hours.

For more information, click here.

15th October 2020
00:00 to 18:00

Harnessing Potential – Annual Conference 2020

Organized by: Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law. Orginal event here.

The Annual Conference is a one-day event that brings together our vibrant community for a thought-provoking discussion. As in previous years, the Annual Conference brings together representatives from national and international governments and policy organs, think-thanks, journalists, INGO practitioners, activists, diplomats, and field researchers from around the globe. These diverse actors assemble with a singular aim: to present their latest projects and freshest ideas, and engage their peers to learn and improve security and justice policy and programs.

This year’s theme is Harnessing Potential. The KPSRL Secretariat has come to recognize the value of mobilizing around promising ideas, new approaches, and catalytic innovations. Particularly in times when adversity appears to be mounting from every direction, it is essential to seize upon the creativity and ingenuity that difficult circumstances demand (and even inspire). With this in mind, the 2020 Annual Conference will channel our community’s collective energy to focus on those small, emergent possibilities that hold the prospect for large, sweeping changes.

Click here to download the full concept note.

In light of COVID-19 and the implications that the pandemic has had on global health as well as (inter)national travel restrictions, the KPSRL Secretariat is exploring all options with regard to how and where we will host KPAC2020. We have an exciting venue reserved for our Conference in The Hague, but are also considering everything from a remotely accessible conference to a ‘hybrid’ conference that allows for both in-person and remote access. We will be making an informed decision based off of safety and accessibility for our vast network. Please keep checking our newsletters and website for updates!

Key dates
Call for Session ProposalsMay 18 – July 3
Attendee Registration OpensJune 18
Session Selection AnnouncedJuly 17
Final Session Outlines DueSeptember 14
Annual ConferenceOctober 15





The program, timetable and practical information for the day will be shared in the upcoming months.

15th October 2020
13:00 to 14:30

Smallholder farmers and land reform beneficiaries have been greatly affected by the restrictions of movements that took place in South Africa with the declaration of the global pandemic. The reduced mobility for farmers and a drop in demand for produce, resulted in a loss of income. South African’s Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development announced a Covid-19 relief fund for South Africa’s smallholder farmers and land reform beneficiaries but concern has been raised about the nature of the support.

A rise in theft and restrictions on labour movement have further exacerbated the plight for farmers. In this webinar Nkanyiso Gumede, from the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape will detail the issues impacting farmers and how support and how relief aimed to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 for farmers and land reform beneficiaries must be relevant and based on a thorough consultation with those it targets.

Nkanyiso Gumede is a researcher at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. His research is mainly on land and agrarian reform in South Africa. He has undertaken work looking at the nature and character of land redistribution in South Africa. His current research is about rethinking agrarian reform in South Africa to ensure equitable access to land and is titled “Equitable Access to land for social justice in South Africa”. He holds a Masters degree in Agriculture (Food Security) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He is also a Master of Philosophy student at PLAAS, investigating the outcomes of land reform for employment, livelihoods and land tenure rights for farm labour on land redistributed through the Pro-Active Land Acquisition Strategy in selected provinces in South Africa.

Register now!

15th October 2020
14:00 to 17:00

Africa 2020: Online Peer-Coaching for PhD students #4

How to handle my PhD supervisor and other bumps in the road

A PhD involves doing amazing fieldwork, reading libraries full of literature, analysing interesting data, and presenting your innovative findings at lively conferences – it is exciting and enriching. At least, that’s what we are told! But there is also a downside. A PhD trajectory is long, can leave you feeling lonely or isolated, and can leave you needing to address all kinds of daily yet serious issues. For example, your supervisor might not give appropriate feedback to your draft chapters; you experienced feeling very insecure when doing fieldwork or perhaps even sexual harassment; you are facing a writer’s block; you are running out of time; you miss having contacts with peer PhD students; you are doubting your future as a researcher… 

Peer-coaching (or, intervision) is a way of sharing your issues with peer PhD students. It can make your problems lighter or at least more manageable. The basic idea of peer supervision is that you can learn from each other by sharing your problems and receiving and giving feedback and suggestions. Trust is indispensable in this regard and therefore the information shared will remain confidential.

The online discussions are guided by moderator Karin Nijenhuis who applies a set of rules and follows a specific procedure.

Only open to PhD candidates (all disciplines, all universities). Maximum of 6 participants per session.

Session #4: 15 October, 14.00 – 17.00. You can register per session (another session is scheduled for 23 November). After registration a link to Kaltura Live Rooms will be shared.

You are most welcome! Please register before 16 November:

22nd February 2021 00:00 –
24th February 2021 00:00

Second Arab Land Conference
22, 23 and 24 February 2021 Cairo, Egypt

The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt is pleased to announce the Second Arab Land Conference to be organized under the patronage of the Egyptian Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities. The Conference will be organized by the Housing and Building National Research Centre represented by the Urban Training and Studies Institute (UTI) in partnership with UN-Habitat, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the World Bank, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the Dubai Land Department. The Conference will allow both in-person and virtual attendance and will take place on the 22, 23 and 24th February 2021 in Cairo, Egypt.

The Conference marks an important milestone in the roadmap towards establishing good land governance in the Arab region. The Conference will promote good land management and land administration by focusing on the priorities of the Arab Land Initiative: promote collaboration and coordination; develop and share knowledge; develop capacities of individuals and organizations; and support the implementation of land-related programmes and interventions. The Conference will be a platform to discuss countries experiences, present new research, foster high level support and ownership to tackle land governance, and to empower and develop the capacities of the land stakeholders from the region.

Experts and practitioners will have the opportunity to submit and present papers relevant to the eight topics of the conference:

  1. Land management and administration
  2. Modernization and reform of land and property registration
  3. Flexibility and adaptation of land management in time of crisis (climate change, epidemics, conflict)
  4. Access to land for women and vulnerable groups
  5. Efficient land use
  6. Technologies and smart solutions to enhance land management, land development and construction
  7. Policies to encourage the participation of private sector in land use planning and land management
  8. Capacity development

Partners will have the opportunity to organize side events and special sessions at the margins of the Conference. The process of submitting papers to be presented at the conference and requesting side events and special sessions will be announced before the end of September on the Arab Land Initiative web site.

22nd March 2021 00:00 –
26th March 2021 00:00
Washington, USA

Tentative date