Each year on March 8, the International Land Coalition (ILC) celebrates International Women’s Day. The theme for 2014 is ‘Equality for women is progress for all’. The story of one young woman I met in Rwanda recently during a Learning Route organised by ILC and Procasur illustrates this theme perfectly…”
Read: Lydia’s story
Source: CSRC Nepal
During the people’s movement 2006, it raised the voice on land and agrarian reform on behalf of poor and marginalized farmers. As per their voice, the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) 2006, Interim Constitution (IC) 2007 and the Periodic National Development Plan 2007-2010 and 2011-2013 included the agenda of land and agrarian reform in their documents, as well as promises for scientific land reform. Even though, they included the agenda of land and agrarian reform in the documents there is still no clear policy, legislation and actions regarding this issue. Therefore, it is necessary to dialogue with the political parties and government agencies to build proper policy and legislation on land reform. The movement also realized that we need to look into other countries experiences and learn from their land reforms, which is suitable for Nepal and glean major lessons to bridge the gap between policy and action. Thus, Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC), International Land Coalition (ILC), International Initiatives (II) and Forum for Agrarian Concern and Studies in Nepal (FACT-Nepal) are jointly organizing an International Conference on ‘Agrarian Questions and Comprehensive Solutions’ in Nepal.
The main objective of this conference is to promote national policies and laws to secure tenureship of landless and tenant farmers. It also aims to discuss, analyze and exchange land and agrarian land related issues, experiences and learning from various countries perspectives as well as region and build knowledge, skills and develop possible alternative action plans on land rights movements and land and land agrarian reform. Emphasis will be given to non-violent social movement building.
Date: 26 – 27 February 2014; Place: Sarlahi / Mahottori, Nawalparasi / Rupandehi and Rasuwa
Conference on “Land Reform and Non-Violent Land Rights Movement”
Date 28 February – 1 March 2014; Venue: Land Learning Center, Thimura, Chitwan
Conference on “Agrarian Question and Comprehensive Solutions”
Date: 3 – 4 March 2014, Venue: Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu
Dialogue and sharing with communities
The main purpose of the field visit will be direct interaction with Nepalese farmers, the landless and tenants especially Village Land Rights Forum and District Land Rights Forum (V/DLRF) members, government stakeholders and international participants. The field visit will take place in Mahottari / Sarlahi (East), Rasuwa (Centre) and Nawalparasi / Rupendi (West) of Nepal for two days. The field visit will start from 26 – 27 February 2014. Lunch and breakfast will be served in the community by DLRF members, which a very unique for international participants and it will enable more integrated interactions with those most impacted.
International Conference on ‘Land Reform and Non- Violent Land Rights Movement’
The international conference on ‘Land Reform and Non-Violent Land Rights Movement’ will be held in ‘Land Learning Centre’, which is established by National Land Rights Forum (NLRF), Thimura, Chitwan for two days. The conference will commence from 28 February – 1 March 2014. The main objective of the roundtable discussion is to exchange the knowledge, experiences and best practices regarding land and agrarian reform between Nepalese farmers / leaders / activists and international participants. Besides, international participants will get an opportunity to learn about Nepal’s land rights movement. The participants will be 70 selected Nepalese farmers / leaders / activists from different parts of Nepal and international participants.
International conference on ‘Agrarian Questions and Comprehensive Solutions’
The plenary discussion will be held on 3 – 4 March, Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu. The conference is commencing from 3 – 4 March 2014 in Park Village Resort, Bhudhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal. There are 21 international participants from Asia, Africa and Latin America and 30 – 70 national participants in each conference.The main objective is to influence the Nepalese government, political parties and CSOs on land reform issues as well as international participants gaining knowledge on Nepal’s experience. On 3 March 2014, CSRC, ILC and II will be facilitating the conference. The farmer’s leader from different countries will present their experience and learning regarding on land rights movement. Besides, it will include paper presentations from different countries on land and agrarian reform. Forum for Agrarian Concern and Studies Nepal (FACT-Nepal) will be facilitating the conference on 4 March 2014. In this day, it will include the discussion with political parties and parliaments members. There will be interaction between national and international participants regarding on land policy. On the other hand, it will help Nepal for drafting the comprehensive land use laws based upon international experiences. See detailled program on 3 -4 March 2014: here
Initial media report of the event: “Scientific Land Reform Stressed”, The Rising Nepal, Business Section, 4 March 2014 (click image to enlarge)
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Source: IFAD Social Reporting Blog
Harold Liversage, the regional land advisor and Steven Jonckheere, land and natural resources associate for IFAD in East and Southern Africa write a blogpost re-capping the Workshop on Land Indicators (21 -22 February 2014), which was co-organized by IFAD, FAO, UN-HABITAT, the International Land Coalition Secretariat, the Global Land Tools Network Secretariat and OXFAM. The workshop is part of an on-going consultation to identify a set of indicators to monitor progress in land governance as related to the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).. Read blogpost
The need for common land indicators is greater than ever because of the monitoring demands have been, or will be, created by the post-2015 agenda, the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance on Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGTs) and the Framework and Guidelines on land policy in Africa (F&GLPA). There is also demand for common frameworks for project monitoring and evaluation…”
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…In observance of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), AFA, LVC, IFAD, FAO, GFAR and GFRAS sponsored side events on family farming, participatory governance of agricultural innovation and research for development as well as advisory services and extension , agro-ecological agriculture, as well as a special session on small-scale fisheries. The international year is an initiative of the United Nations General Assembly promoted by the World Rural Forum and supported by more than 360 civil society and farmers’ organizations, including AFA.
In a statement read before representatives of the IFAD Executive Board and Vice President by Esther Penunia of AFA and Elizabeth Mpofu of LVC on February 20 and before the IFAD Governing Council by Elizabeth Mpofu of LVC on February 21, farmer leaders attending the forum expressed their expectation that the International Year of Family Farming “has to bring concrete steps to improve the quality of life of hundreds of millions of smallholder family farmers, fisherfolk, livestock breeders and indigenous communities, being recognized as a pillar of local, sustainable development and a guarantee for food sovereignty and peace and stability in the world…” read more
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- Agreements between STAR and RECOFTC, Pursat province
On December 24 and January 28, the Coordinator and Officer of the Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Climate Change program of STAR Kampuchea (SNC) met with the Forestry Administration (FA) and the NGO RECOFTC at Pursat province. The purpose of the meeting was to: 1) present SK’s annual achievements 2013 in the forestry sector;2) discuss the challenges during implementation; 3) present on-going supports of SK to target communities ; 4) discuss about the cooperation with RECCOFT (related to roles and responsibilities, budget, and outcomes of the project). The meeting was conducted in friendly and participatory manner. The Head of Forestry Administration (FA) and the Coordinator of RECOFTC expressed their willingness to cooperate with SK in the future. They appreciated and wanted the continuation of awareness-raising activities on Forestry Law and related issues. The participants unanimously agreed that 1) SK, FA, and RECOFTC should develop a joint action plan (activities and budget) – the first step is to make a draft and share it through e-mail and then determine a schedule for further meetings; 2) SK and RECOFTC also plan to have a Memorandum of Understanding. The draft of it should be shared through e-mail for comments from both sides before signing it.
- STAR Kampuchea Director participates in the meeting on Governance Resources and Learning Centre
On Thursday, 13 February 2014, the Executive Director of STAR Kampuchea joined a meeting about the Governance Resources and Learning Centre (GRLC), which has been established at the Ministry of Interior (MoI). The Centre was established with the aim to (1) work with non-state-actors and other stakeholders to support a broader and necessarily long-term process of governance reform in Cambodia by raising awareness and by building capacity in designing and implementing the activities of Demand for Good Governance (DFGG); (2) further promote learning programs, raise awareness, foster networks and build capacity on demand-side approaches amongst a range of state and non-state stakeholders, (3) create a bank database of best practices, methodologies and tools in governance reforms, including case studies and successful lessons learnt, (4) act as a think-tank, a learning-experiment and disseminate activity with focus on principles and best practices of good governance, (5) identify areas for change that make the most impact in improving performance and policy-making of the government and enable it to respond better to the needs of the people and (6) to adopt effective knowledge management processes to capture, synthesize, manage and share explicit and tacit knowledge of all partners. The main agenda of the meeting was:
- To finalize scope of work and rename the committee;
- To follow up the initiative and work plan for developing partnership project and activities
- To further develop an innovative approach for improving DFGG-Learning Program implementation, especially in extension period;
The SK director was asked to be a member of the committee, but a decision has not been made yet.
- Provision of support to Anlong Tnout Land community
On 14 January 14 2014, the Anlong Tnout Land community sent a letter to request SK to provide technical and financial support against the forest-clearance activities of an ELC concessionaire on their 253 hectares of community land and private family-land. SK developed a small proposal and submitted it to Forum Syd, but no positive reply. In addition, SK is in process to develop proposal to support this community and another community in Romeas Haek. Actually, these two communities are currently supported by SK through capacity development and community mobilization, and empowerment to demand their land rights; however, they need further support and skills such as legal supports to ensure their individual and collective rights, agricultural production,marketing sources, and cooperative formation and management.
- New publications:
From Dec 2013 – Jan 2014, STAR Kampurchea printed the following publications (please contact STAR Kampuchea for more information)
- Compilation on Good Governance and Natural Resources Management with 200 copies
- Concluding Observations on the Combined Fourth and Fifth Periodic Reports and Shadow Report on CEDAW / Women’s Land Rights in Cambodia with 67 copies
- Awareness activities on the CEDAW
With financial support from ILC and PYD, on November 27-28, 2013, STAR Kampuchea organized a 2 day-workshop on November 27-28, 2013 in Sihanoukville to raise awareness on CEDAW, focusing mainly on Articles 14, 15 and 16. The workshop had29 participants, 24 of them were women. The participants were from the Gender Mainstreaming to Women and Children Consultation Committees at district and commune levels, local NGOs, CBOs, and land, fishery, and forestry communities from six districts of three provinces of SK target areas (Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, and Svarieng).
- NES projects/updates/workshops:
In December 2013 SK reviewed the NES- Cambodia Paper and shared responsibilities among SK’s programs. In January 2014SK also discussed how to involve the ILC members, NES- Cambodia CSO partners, and other stakeholders. The meeting will be conducted on January 19, 2014.
SK will conducted a project launch on February 19, 2014: “National Engagement Strategy for Cambodia” (NES- Cambodia). 20 participants who are from ILC member organisation, NES- Cambodia CSO partners, development partners, IGOs, INGOs, and concerned stakeholders attended the meeting.
Since 2012, ILC members and partners in Nepal have been promoting decision-making power over land by women farmers, tenants and landowners within the framework of the National Engagement Strategy (NES). Based on this aim, Joint Land Ownership (JLO) was implemented at the grassroots level by ILC members. CDS complemented these grassroots activities by evaluating the impact of Joint Land Ownership certificates received by women in Nepal.
- What is the status of joint land ownership under gender-responsiveness of government land policies?
- What are the facilitating or constraining factors for accelerating the joint land ownership process?
- How is the land entitlement to women going through the empowerment process?
- What is the gap between legal system and policy pronouncement giving women the right to inherit the ancestral property and joint titling and their implementations at the grassroots level?
- What are the sociological factors constraining women in exercising their legal claims over the land?
- How is land a critical resource for a woman in the event that she becomes a de facto household head as a result of migration by men, abandonment, divorce and widowhood?
- How customary institutions have important implications for women’s rights to land among caste/ethnic groups?
- What are the difficulties in gaining recognition around land rights?
- What are the benefits from the gender-responsive titling (such as joint land ownership and land entitlement to women)?
Read the research update on these questions: Impact Study on Joint Land Ownership – Nepal (click to download .pdf document)
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Source: COLARP Nepal
Under ILC National Engagement Strategy in Nepal, the objective of the evidence based debates led by Nepal was to promote informed policy debate on pertinent land issues by generating scientific evidences on specific dimensions of issues so as to facilitate informed analysis and decision making for land related policy reforms.
Under this project, COLARP conducted series of policy debates on contemporary land issues (2 debates for each of the 5 themes). The policy debate series were based upon the following issues, where different experts preparing papers on the following issues:
For brief summaries of the studies, and progress updates on the policy debate series, please download: COLARP Policy Debate Series Report 2012-2013