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Source: International Land Coalition

DOWNLOAD: ILC Annual Report 2013 7MB (The International Land Coalition publishes its annual report for 2013)

In 2013, the International Land Coalition (ILC) marked a historic expansion in its membership, reaching 152 member organisations in 56 countries, representing diverse interests and entities from national civil society organisations (CSOs) and grassroots movements to international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies, all with a common agenda to work together on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people to make tangible progress in achieving secure and equitable access to land.Untitled

As a result of our strategic actions and the unified voice with which we speak on land issues, ILC is becoming increasingly influential and is gaining recognition as one of the leading actors in land governance debates globally.

Notably, at the Global Land Forum and Assembly of Members (AoM) held in April 2013 in Antigua, Guatemala, ILC members unanimously approved the Antigua Declaration, in which they agreed to a series of commitments on people-centred land governance, expanding our common agenda to promote meaningful change.

In 2013, ILC scaled up its efforts (which began in 2011) to support the creation of consultative platforms in 20 focus countries to develop and implement National Engagement Strategies (NES), bringing together our members and other stakeholders at a national level to create a force for political change.

At a global level, ILC ensured that land issues were considered in important platforms, such as the G8 Land Transparency Initiative and the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and also raised the profile of members’ work at the World Bank Annual Conference on Land and Poverty and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

ILC has also become a leading advocate for transparency and open knowledge on land governance issues. The Coalition and its partners have launched a new and improved version of the Land Matrix Global Observatory, an online database of large-scale land acquisitions, which has gained critical acclaim and received widespread coverage in the world’s media.

We believe that we have found the right combination of supporting national initiatives while marshalling our influence to support them. We will build upon and replicate these efforts to overcome longstanding inequity in land rights.

Sincerely,

Rowshan Jahan Moni
Co-Chair, Civil Society Organisations

Jean-Philippe Audinet
Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Organisations”

Read more: http://www.landcoalition.org/node/2410

 

Deadline: 25 May 2014

For details, please refer to vacancy announcement

Kathmandu, Nepal

Source: Kathmandu Post, 11 March 2014

“The implementation of land reform policies is a must for long-lasting peace in an agrarian country like Nepal, Madiodio Niasse, the head of International Land Coalition, has said.

Niasse said in his recent interview with the Post that while on the ground level the country was engaged in innovative approaches such as joint-ownership of land by wives and husbands, the government, however, lacked the willpower to implement its land reform agenda.

“I was here in 2009 for a global assembly of our member organisations. The then prime minister Prachanda and finance minister Baburam Bhattarai both came to our summit meeting and made a commitment to move forward the land reform agenda. It is disappointing for me to come to Nepal now and find that the process has not progressed. I don’t understand why it is important to call the new land reform ‘scientific’ or ‘revolutionary’,” said the leader of ILC, a global alliance of organisations working in the field of land security.

On the concept of land redistribution in Nepal, Niasse said that it was a complex issue. The government of Nepal could expropriate land from the rich and distribute it to the poor, but given the democratic vibrancy in the country, authoritarian confiscation might not be feasible, he said. Besides, Niasse added, redistribution of land is about securing land rights, meaning the beneficiary is convinced of his/her ownership of the land, but if the state seizes land whenever it sees fit, the notion of ownership itself is challenged.

Niasse said Nepal could use tax system to discourage land concentration: the bigger the size of land, the higher the tax. “I know land redistribution is at the core of discussion here in Nepal and there is no easy solution. It is better to let the discussion continue and to have arguments put on the table.”

According to the 2010/2011 Nepal Standard Living Survey, 76 percent of the households are engaged in agriculture, five percent of which are landless. On average, an agricultural household owns 0.7 hectare of land. But four percent of the farmers, classified as large farmers with 2 hectares or more land, control 22 percent of the agricultural land compared to the 18 percent of the land that small farmers (constituting 53 percent of the total farmers) with less than 0.5 hectares of land operate.”

 

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Leadership Institute in Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR): Phase 1, was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 23-30 March 2014. I was able to participate in this event with the support of International Land Coalition (ILC) and the Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR). PWESCR is an international advocacy and educational initiative in the area of women and their economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). From its base in India, PWESCR works to promote the human rights of women, addressing women’s poverty, health standards, and right to food, education, water, land and work. PWESCR is currently focused in South Asia.

Personally, the specialized training on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (WESCR) was an important dimension to consider in my work on rights of pastoral communities to common lands and resources in Mongolia. I got a lot of fresh ideas and insights from the Dhaka Phase of the Institute. The main topics, which were addressed during the course was understanding the Social Construction of Gender and Patriarchy,  Global Social and Poverty Structural Analysis,  Women- Livelihoods  and Unpaid Work, concepts of Human Rights and UN human rights systems,  Understanding the  International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), equality and nondiscrimination and  Policy frameworks for WESCR and human rights.

Some of the new ideas which are relevant to my work were related to the UN activity framework to implement ICESCR, CEDAW and other conventions, and how national governments and NGO’s, CBO’s can support for the implementation of gender equity and strengthening women’s rights by training, advocacy and NGO Shadow Reporting. There was a lot of exchange among the participants and the feminist organizations and activists of Bangladesh. I was impressed by the enthusiasm and anecdotes of many women’s right defenders in this country.

As a participant, I had also prepared an action-plan for a project  on Training and Awareness- building on recognizing Land Use rights of  four women groups in herder’s communities, which  JASIL will implement during the next 6 months period. The main objectives of our  action project are to:

  • Develop a plan for a training and awareness building
  • Implement plan on training / awareness-raising on how to enable women’s rights on land  use in four  selected communities in different ecosystems of Mongolia

 Through the implementation of this plan, I will focus how to improve and legally recognize the traditional land use rights of herder women, enable their  rights  through  equal participation in the co-management of pastureland and natural resources, decision making  at community level, and “valuing” the herder women’s unpaid work in Mongolia. JASIL will also support and conduct training of land use rights of women and men in our communities, with case study questionnaires to assess the unpaid work of rural women. I will also actively involve to the national level advocacy on women’s economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR)  in this regard. Lastly,  I would like also to share my learning from this program and planning to conduct a short training session (in cooperation with some other participants of this program)   on Women’s economic, social and cultural rights (WECSR) for other ILC Asia members.

 

Photo: Participants of the 4th Learning Institute for PWESCR, Phase 1, Dhaka, 23 -30 March 2014

Photo: Participants of the 4th Learning Institute for PWESCR, Phase 1, Dhaka, 23 -30 March 2014

 

 

 

Consortium for Agrarian Reform (KPA) got the opportunity to again give inputs on Land Bill. In this second Public Hearing Meeting (RDPU) with Government of Indonesia – Commission II DPR RI on 13 February 2014, Iwan Nurdin, KPA Secretariay General presented recommendation on amendment to articles in that Bill.

Points criticized as well as KPA’s recommendation in that DPR RI plenary session included several fundamental matters which must become Commission II concern in designing the Bill. Amongst other issues, there are:

  • Chapter about Agrarian Reform, including Land as Object of Agrarian Reform and Recipient of Land as Object of Agrarian Reform (TORA) as well as Authority and Executor of Agrarian Reform Implementation;
  • Chapter about Land Registration;
  • Chapter about Settlement of Land Conflicts and Disputes;
  • Chapter about Right to Use and its Maximum Scope, including Prohibition to Land Monopoly; and
  • Chapter about Indigenous Community, it is necessary to include the latest update of Constitution Court RI’s Ruling No. 35/2013 about state legitimation on indigenous forest which is no longer part of state forest

Related news in Bahasa on http://www.kpa.or.id/?p=3135

17 March 2014: STAR Kampuchea and the Krakor District Administration, Pursat province co-organized a meeting to form a working group for forestland institutions and stakeholders. A Technical Working Group for Community Forestry Demarcation (TWG-CFD) was formed with clear responsibilities, mandate, and schedule. TWG-CFD is recognized by the Krakor District Governor and comprises of district and deputy-district governors, district land department and land office, district councils, commune councils, heads of the forestry communities and other stakeholders. The mandate of TWG-CFD is to demarcate forestland of 1,300 hectares, involving 12 communities in the three communes – Kbal Trach, Anlong Tnout, and Ansa Chambok. These three communities were granted this forestland to organize forestry communities. Even though each community has organized committee members, clear boundaries of each community is a prerequisite for obtaining official registration.

 

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