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SOURCE: Kapaeeng Foundation

Kapaeeng Foundation (KF) organized a youth training titled “Capacity Building Training of Youth on ILO Convention 107, 169, 111 and International Human Rights Mechanisms”, from 1-3 November at Royal Hotel in Bandarban district with support from International Labour Organization (ILO). The objective of the training was to enhance understanding of indigenous youths on ILO convention 107, 169 and making them aware about international human rights mechanisms. A total of 29 indigenous youth from diverse ethnic groups from Chittagong Hill Tracts participated in the training, most of who are studying at different colleges and universities.

On the first day of the training there was an opening session; where Honorable member of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council (CHTRC) Mr. Sadhuram Tripura; Chairman of Rowangchari Upazila Parishad Mr. Kyawba Mong Marma and President of the Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum-Chittagong region Mr. Sharat Jyoti Chakma were present as guests. The opening session was chaired by Executive Director of KF Mr. Pallab Chakma while Mr. Hiran Mitra Chakma of KF delivered welcome speech.

In his speech Mr. Sadhuram Tripura said that to work further and carry the legacy of the elders, youth are needed to be equipped with multiple skills and be specific while acquiring the knowledge for the goal to achieve a complete knowledge. Mentioning about ILO Convention No. 107 and 169, he said that these international instruments for the rights of indigenous peoples should be popularised widely. He also emphasized on the practice of these knowledge and to divert into an asset to the indigenous community for the overall development. Other speakers of this session expressed that this training would help to build a strong network among the youth and that would lead youths to move together for the development of the society.

The training has covered many issues, including the basic understanding on human rights and UN human rights mechanisms, the basic understanding on gender and related issues, UN mechanisms on the rights of indigenous peoples, basic understanding on ILO Conventions 107, 169, and 111, ILO Convention and indigenous peoples’ engagement into this tools, leadership development and responsibilities of indigenous youth, national laws and policies related to indigenous peoples’ rights, media advocacy and digital security.

On the second day of the training the participants have paid a field visit at a Mro village named Mrolong, to see Mro indigenous people’s life and livelihood practically.  On third day, an experience sharing session was conducted by Mr. Lelung Khumi, which describes his life and the struggle in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Again, with the participation of the participants “Youth Forum: a panel discussion session” was held. Ms. Ramree Bawm moderated the discussion where with a panel of six participants, who have shared their personal experiences on different issues.

On the closing session, Ms. Wyching Prue Marma, vice chairman of Bandarban Sadar Upazila Parishad was present as guest of honour and distributed certificate to the participants. In her speech Ms. Wyching Prue Marma said that it is wonderful to be a part of an event where a group of young people apart from studies and work, participating into trainings on ILO and International Human Rights mechanisms. She requested the youngsters to be aware about the rights and to practice for the betterment of the society.

In their experience sharing session participant thanked ILO and KF for organising this important and exclusive training for them. They emphasized to organise this type of capacity building training for youth. Finally, with the closing remark of Pallab Chakma the training has came to an end.


Posted by Ariel Halpern Monday, November 23, 2015

Four women groups from Mohalbari, Surail and Damoir villages in Northern Bangladesh participated in a two-day leadership and mobilization training in Dinajpur to spread the initiative of successful women-led cooperatives improving the livelihood of the rural poor. Among the 51 participants, most were landless women coming from Hindu, Muslim and indigenous communities.

The training, organized by ALRD in partnership with SUSTAIN, is part of the project’s innovation plan that received ROUTASIA’s award of 25,000 USD last year.

ALRD’s Innovation Plan entitled “Strengthening Women’s Empowerment and Livelihood through Access to Land and Market” was launched in July 2015, as a result of ROUTASIA’s Learning Route on women’s empowerment in Nepal’s Chitwan and Kapilvastu districts, in December 2014. With the financial award and technical assistance of IFAD-PROCASUR’s ROUTASIA programme, ALRD and SUSTAIN, its local partner in Dinajpur, are now implementing the plan in the northern region of Bangladesh, where the existing farmer groups are located.ALRD’s plan aims to secure equitable land access and control for marginalized landless communities, including farmers, indigenous peoples, religious minorities and women in particular, and to improve their livelihood through effective management of natural resources.

Using local resources, local technology and indigenous knowledge, ALRD’s action plan integrated the People’s Initiative or “Gonoprochesta” model. This initiative promotes sustainable, small scale, family-based organic farming and rural enterprises, and provides direct access to land and market for disadvantaged communities, which in turn contribute to the country’s food security. The Gonoprochesta model empowers women by advocating their recognition at policy making level, and by enabling access to public land and to supporting services such as bank credits, agricultural inputs and technology, information and knowledge, and policy dialogue with government institutions. During the process, women are encouraged to create their own capital collectively, and to invest it in agricultural production of food and organic fertilizers.


By transforming into People’s Cooperatives, the initiative sets a unique example to improve quality of life without external financial assistance. It also creates an alternative market for the products of small farmers and entrepreneurs united by cooperative groups, creating a wide range of employment opportunities in rural Bangladesh, particularly for women. In terms of diversification, cooperative farmers use different types of production, including agricultural cultivation (rice, vegetables, fish) and fertilizer production (earthworm compost).

To analyze the socio-economic context in Bangladesh, the path of change and the participants’ respective roles in it, ALRD used a participatory discussion method. All participants agreed to the new vision of the People’s Initiative process promoting social and economic changes to improve their life and to protect their children’s future. They selected a name and a leader for each of their group, and they set up a work plan for the next three months. To create their initial capital, participants decided to save a handful of rice twice a day and to organize their weekly meeting on Fridays, where the saved rice is put on sale to generate financial resources for each group to be used for income generation activities. This collective way of farming enables them to use their small land as a homestead. It was also agreed that all activities would be monitored and guided by SUSTAIN, ALRD’s local partner organization.


This rapid evidence assessment published by Department for International Development seeks to address the question of which policies and interventions or approaches have been successful in fostering compliance with legitimate land tenure rights and what impact these strategies have had on development outcomes. These policies and interventions include among others: freehold ownership through formal titling, community land trusts and communal or customary ownership

The assessment identified 113 relevant publications. Overall, the literature reviewed provided mixed evidence of a link between the tenure strategies and positive development outcomes. No single policy, approach or intervention can, alone, meet the diversity of current and projected needs for tenure and property rights within any given country.

SOURCE: Land Portal

The Land Portal Foundation is currently looking for a small number of national or regional partners to serve as hubs for the development-related information flows on the basis of either their geographic or thematic focus. The Land Portal Foundation is particularly interested in working with well-established information providers or land-related organizations who want to further develop their information services. The aim of each hub is to create a sustainable connection between the collection and use of content at specific locations and the aggregation of content from all levels and promoting its use globally. The purpose of the hubs will be to increase the availability and accessibility of land-related content from the global south by developing shared approaches and standards for data sharing and exchange. The Land Portal is interested in forging long-term collaborations with partners.

Key criteria for partners:

  • You have a high awareness of the importance of information and data and a strong commitment to managing and using it within your activities.
  • You are a well-established information provider functioning on a national or regional level.
  • You are composed of a network or a federation of organizations and have the ability to build capacity among your network.
  • You either are focused on land issues or have a strong land component to your work.
  • You are interested in the potential of a long term partnership with the Land Portal Foundation and the possibility of more extensive collaboration.

Mutual benefits of partnering with the Land Portal Foundation

The Land Portal Foundation is interested in:

  • Integrating local content about land issues, including both data, including statistical information on land ownership, concessions, transactions and land rights, as well as other content, such as publications, videos, news and reports into country pages, the Land Book and the Land Library.
  • The engagement of local partners in stimulating and participating in debates about land issues at a national, regional or global levels.
  • Cooperation with local partners in developing the land information ecosystem locally and globally.

The Land Portal Foundation offers:

  • Communications support and promotion of content.
  • Global content and comparative content from similar countries.
  • Guidance and help in making use of information to achieve strategic goals.
  • Data modelling and integration.
  • Technical assistance and advice, especially related to Linked Open Data (LOD), which means making content openly available through open licenses and open formats.
  • An expansive global network.
  • Guidelines and capacity support to make the content openly available.
  • Funds to cover technical development for improving data and the sharing of data.

The Land Portal Foundation continuously seeks to extend the range and quality of the services it offers to others. It is in this context that the Land Portal Foundation interested in partnering with motivated organizations to share good quality information on which land policy, at national and global levels, can be based. It is essential that hub partners are genuinely interested in and commitment to collaborating with the Land Portal Foundation.

By being a Land Portal Foundation partner, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Share statistical data or metadata for bibliographic data but also other content such as maps, charts, media content etc., and contribute to the collaborative development of a shared open data architecture. The purpose of this is to promote effective content sharing, reduce duplication and increase the visibility and reach of content by allowing partners and 3rd parties easy access to content that can be re-presented and tailored to their own audiences and contexts.
  • Develop shared approaches to the sourcing, quality assurance and categorization of data and information sources.
  • Develop supportive and sustainable working approaches to share learning and build capacity.

The Land Portal and its partners will work together to:

  • Assure the quality of content and services.
  • Establish shared approaches to communications and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Collaborate on technical innovation and potentially joint fundraising.
  • Engage in cross promotion of partners and their content.

Partners will be identified through a tendering process. Interested organizations are invited to submit expressions of interest.

Potential partners should submit short (not more than 2 pages) Expressions of Interest structured as follows:

Describe the information and data you provide, including:

  • Details of thematic and geographical focus.
  • Details on the amount of content on land: N of documents, statistics, reports, multimedia content, maps etc.
  • Any details on the current copyright/licensing approach taken by organization, such as creative commons, would also be valuable as would a summary of your current monitoring and evaluation practices.
  • Technical platform and data structure: Please provide details of any content/information management platforms and packages used in the delivery of your information and describe the way in which metadata relating to content presented through your service is collected end exposed.
  • How your data can be accessed, indicating the format of your data as well as if any specific taxonomies that are used to classify the resources.

Please summarise your current funding model for the delivery of the information including:

  • The level of existing funding future sustainability plans
  • Staffing model
  • Additional information required:

Along with your expression of interest please also provide:

  • CVs of staff members expected to be involved in the partnership with the Land Portal Foundation; including both management and technical/operational staff.
  • An annual report or evidence of domestic registration as a charity or NGO:
  • Strategic plan (if available).

Contacts and questions

Please address any enquiries by email to:

Laura Meggiolaro

Land Portal Coordinator

Land Portal Foundation

Email: laura.meggiolaro@landportal.info and cc to hello@landportal.info


The deadline for submissions of expressions of interest is 30 November, 2015.


On behalf of our thirteen member Steering Group, World Resources Institute and Rights and Resources Initiative are pleased to launch LandMark: The Global Platform of Indigenous and Community Lands on November 10th in Washington, DC.

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About LandMark

LandMark is the world’s first interactive global platform to provide maps and other critical information on lands that are collectively held and used by indigenous peoples and local communities.

The platform provides information at the community and national level that allows users to compare the land tenure situation within and across countries. The launch event will explore key trends in indigenous and community lands at the global level and demonstrate how the platform can be used to raise awareness, engage audiences and help indigenous peoples and communities protect their land rights.


9:30 a.m.
Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington DC

9:35 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Andy White, Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Washington DC
Samuel Nguiffo, Secretary General, Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement (CED), Cameroon

9:45 a.m.
Keynote Address
Liz Alden Wily, Independent Land Tenure Specialist, Kenya

9:55 a.m.
LandMark Demonstration and Q&A
Katie Reytar, Research Associate, WRI, Washington DC
Fabrice Dubertret, Ph.D. candidate, World Atlas of Indigenous Peoples Territories (WAIPT), France

10:15 a.m.
Panel Discussion
Alda Salomão, Director General, Centro Terra Viva-Estudos e Advocacia Ambiental (CTV), Mozambique
Barun Mitra, Director, Liberty Institute, India
Brian Keane, Advisor for Indigenous Peoples Issues, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington DC
Moderator: Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, WRI, Washington DC

10:55 a.m.
Event Conclusion and Vote of Thanks
Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, WRI, Washington DC

International LandMark launches will also take place:

  • November 10, 2015 in Lima, Peru
  • November 11, 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia

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Drone Swandiri Institute Pontianak wood work. Multicopter type is assembled using wood raw material by Irendra Radjawali, an Indonesian citizen who is now a lecturer at the Faculty of Political Ecology University of Bonn, Germany. Photo: Andi Fachrizal

The Government may restrict the use of drones, but must open the eyes. Many things missed by drones. “Drones are related solution cost, time, and travel terrain for observation of an area,” said Hermawansyah, Director Swandiri Institute.

This Hermawansyah unrest related to the Regulation of the Minister of Communications No. 90 of 2015 on the Control of Unmanned Aircraft Operations, published May 12, 2015. In points 4 sheets attachment rules were written, drones are used for the benefit of the shooting, mapping, and the film must attach a letter of permission from the competent institution and the local government area to be photographed, mapped, or filmed.

Indeed, since 2011, Swandiri Institute has developed drones to various community interests. Together Irendra Radjawali, faculty of Bonn University, this research institute has developed a drone which is much cheaper. “Drone was developed for observations of forests and watersheds, as well as the mapping of rural management area, or indigenous territories,” he said recently in London.

Aka drone UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is the technology of unmanned aircraft by remote control using a pilot with the laws of aerodynamics. During its development, the drone is widely used for civil society activities such as monitoring of agricultural area, fire area, to study.

According Hermawansyah, North District Government Kayong so interested in utilizing drones for tourism promotion. As a result, the video has been witnessed by thousands of people. Swandiri Institute has initiated drones even food. “By using drones, farmers could monitor crop growth. Early detection of pests and plant diseases from this air results are very detailed, more details of satellite imagery. ”

In fact, if the Government of West Kalimantan province require detailed observations to areas of land and forest fires, Swandiri Institute is ready to help. “We want this technology can be utilized wider community. With the village fund, residents will be able to assemble the drones for the benefit of beneficial, “he added.

Drones can be used for the purposes of aerial photographs. Photo: Indra Nugraha

School of Drones

Working closely with the Publish What You Pay Indonesia, Swandiri Institute organizes  School of Drone, early October.The theme is Technology for Inclusive Society. This term is used, because the drone is a technology that touches the basic problems, and relatively easy to implement.

Arif Munandar, researchers from Swandiri Institute said that the spirit of Swandiri Institute for this technology is widely known and useful for the society is the ultimate goal. “Drones can answer the difficulties of accessibility in the field, including issues that are less detailed satellite imagery. The level of detail of satellite images is 15 x 15 meters, while the drone is able to produce observations 2 centimeters per pixel. “

Drone also address weaknesses satellite imagery, which is often disrupted clouds. “Drone flying below the clouds, so that it can record more detail. The cost is much cheaper, “said Arif again.

Drones assembled by the Institute Swandiri plane made ​​its own body. There are of styrofoam or wood and the shape of two types, multicopter and fixed wings. “The form chosen for observation because the plane lighter and saving battery power.Drone copter types rely lifting force of propeller, very wasteful batteries, generally only able to fly a maximum of 20 minutes. While this type of aircraft with the body of styrofoam able to fly more than an hour because of light, “said Arif.

Drone on display at the “Naval Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Air Demo” in 2005. Source: Wikipedia


Drone for investigation recently used by government institutions. End of August 2015, drone assemblies College technocrat Bandar Lampung used as an auxiliary device task team of the High Court of Lampung.

The drones are used for the purposes of investigation and monitoring of areas difficult to access directly. In addition to the prosecutor’s office, assemblies drones have also been used Technocrats Regional Police Lampung and Lampung Provincial Board of planning. His job is not much different, help the police personnel to investigate and monitor the location of reach.

Arif said, reflecting on the usefulness of drone, which can cut costs, time and labor, regulation on drones should really be studied. According to him, the drone does not conflict with the efforts of technology adoption in the interests of society.

According to Arief, the initial goal Swandiri Institute developed the drone is for rural communities to use technology independently monitoring and affordable. Swandiri Institute mentoring in several districts in the district, especially people who still have indigenous forests, orchards and tembawang or community management area. They were taught to use GPS, mapping, and collection of forest cover crop vegetation.

By using drones, land use can be observed and regulated in more detail. Going forward, in accordance with the mandate of the Village Act, rural communities can have a low drone, which are used for various purposes. “Including, to monitor their crops,” said Arif.

Source: http://www.mongabay.co.id/2015/10/28/drone-teknologi-inklusif-untuk-masyarakat/


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