Archive for January, 2012

The ELLA (Evidence and Lessons from Latin America) initiative, managed by Practical Action Latin America and funded by DFID, has launched its Learning Alliances. These are 8-month learning programmes between Latin American, African and South Asian policy makers and practitioners, that offers:

  • Networking with people and organisations working on similar issues, in online and offline activities
  • Learning from common problems and different solutions
  • ELLA certificate on completion of the programme

There is no cost to join but members will need to devote about one hour per week to the learning programme.

In this first round starting in 19th March 2012, ELLA offers 3 learning programmes on:

  • Extractive Industries: achieving socially just and environmentally sound investment in mining and energy. Join here.
  • Climate Change Adaptation in semi-arid and arid regions: good practices and integration of practice into policy. Join here.
  • Citizen oversight: practical promotion of citizen oversight of public policies and programmes. Join here.

For joining, just fill out the online application form. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Final deadline to submit is March 9th, 2012.

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FAO, IFAD, and ILC are jointly organising a side-event at the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, which this year will focus on the empowerment of rural women as a way to eradicate poverty and hunger, and promote development.

The FAO-IFAD-ILC side-event on “How can women’s land rights be secured? Learning from successful examples” will address the following questions:

  • What are relevant experiences of women’s organizations to know, understand and claim women’s land rights; are there lessons that apply across contexts?
  • How can women access justice systems to claim their land rights?
  • What support do women’s organizations need to mobilise; what potential partnerships we can build and reinforce?
  • What role can women’s organizations play in community development? How can women’s role in decision-making be strengthened?
  • Which approaches have worked best to make women’s voices heard and get support from policy-makers?
  • Which policies have promoted secure land rights for women and how can these be replicated? What innovative and affordable tools can secure land tenure?
  • What are the challenges that women face in securing their land rights when land use is moving away from traditional agriculture towards commercial agriculture, the production of crops for fuel, and for conservation purposes?
  • Once land rights are secured, how can women sustain livelihoods from the land?

Additionally, from 23 January to 6 February, ILC, the Land Portal, and the FSN Forum will jointly moderate an online discussion to gather further examples of how to secure women’s land rights and to raise questions to be posed to the panel. A synthesis of the discussion will be presented at the side event. Find out more at the Land Portal.

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