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Operationalizing Vulnerability: Land System Dynamics in a Transfrontier Conservation Area

Peer-reviewed publication
Juillet, 2019
Afrique australe

Understanding how individuals, communities, and populations vary in their vulnerability requires defining and identifying vulnerability with respect to a condition, and then developing robust methods to reliably measure vulnerability. In this study, we illustrate how a conceptual model translated via simulation can guide the real-world implementation of data collection and measurement of a model system. We present a generalizable statistical framework that specifies linkages among interacting social and biophysical components in complex landscapes to examine vulnerability.

The State of the Expanded Public Works Programme in South African Cities

Conference Papers & Reports
Juin, 2019
South Africa

The South African Cities Network (SACN) EPWP Reference Group is a peer-based platform, comprising key city officials responsible for implementing the EPWP in their respective cities. This collective has continued to meet quarterly over the 2017/18 period, providing a forum in which experiences and knowledge are exchanged. The Reference Group continues to contribute to enhancing coordination between the cities and other role players towards the effective and synergistic implementation of the EPWP.

The State Of Indigenous Peoples In 10 Facts

Multimedia
Mai, 2019
Global

2 days to change the world through Indigenous rights

On 22–23 June 2019, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will be held in Bonn, Germany, focusing on tackling climate change by improving rights for Indigenous peoples and local communities. Alongside the U.N. Bonn Climate Change Conference (SBSTA 50), the event will bring together more than 1,500 global Indigenous leaders, scientists, politicians, activists, youth, members of the private sector, creative thinkers and more.

Case Study: Phata Cooperative

Policy Papers & Briefs
Mai, 2019
Malawi

Recognizing the extensive literature available on outgrower cooperative farming, this case study seeks to add to this literature by providing in-depth learnings and guidance on good practices for structuring commercial, cooperative outgrower schemes in Malawi and potentially elsewhere.

The Struggle between the Powerful and the People

Reports & Research
Mai, 2019
Liberia

In November 2018, the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) commissioned field-based research on privately owned monoculture plantations across Bomi County, Liberia. The study sought to identify and provide a broader understanding on the nature and implications of privately owned land holdings on the livelihood/food sovereignty of local communities in view of the expansion of Sime Darby's plantation activities. The research is aligned with promoting SDI's approach on community rights and food security with good governance in forest and climate

Land and Natural Resource Tenure in Selected Countries of Eastern and Southern Africa. Synthesis Report

Mai, 2019

For decades food insecurity has been a challenge in Cameroon’s Far North region;mainly due to extreme weather and weak land legislation. Now the problem is escalating. The current humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in over 87,000 refugees and 340,000 internally displaced people in the region. Humanitarian agencies are responding with food aid but little attention is given to underlying challenges;notably access to land. The reform of land legislation is an opportunity to strengthen land rights for local communities and marginalised groups.

Growing farmer-herder conflicts in Tanzania: the licenced exclusions of pastoral communities interests over access to resources

Journal Articles & Books
Mai, 2019
Tanzania

The growing number of farmer-herder resource conflicts in Tanzania is often presented in official narratives as a product of climate change resulting from increased environmental pressures. Nonetheless, based on a qualitative research, this paper asserts that farmer- herder conflicts in Rufiji and Kisarawe districts should be understood in terms of the marginalization of pastoral community interests over access to land. This has created what Hall, Hirsch and Li [2013. Power of Exclusions: Lland Dilemmas in Southeast Asia.

Challenges and Opportunities of Community Land Dispensation in Kenya

Reports & Research
Avril, 2019
Kenya

The Community Land Act of 2016 provides a legal basis for protection, recognition and registration of community lands andhas provisions for management and administration of the land by the communities themselves. However, implementation of the act has been slower than anticipated. This is despite the current  heightened investment interests in community lands for mega development projects.

Briefing for Grassroots Organizations – Bridging the Information Gap: How Access to Land Contracts Can Serve Community Rights

Manuals & Guidelines
Avril, 2019
Global

This note provides guidance for civil society actors and communities on how to access and how to use the information contained in contracts with companies to be able to:


• Understand company and government obligations related to a company project;


• Monitor whether those obligations are being fulfilled;


• Hold companies and the government to account for bad contracts or for failing to deliver on commitments that are important to communities.

Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

Training Resources & Tools
Février, 2019
Global

This set of Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) have been developed to help any company looking to ensure their operations are undertaken in a manner that safeguards respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The tools, accompanied by easy-to-use, step-by-step guides help companies:

• Reduce production delays

• Maintain “Social License to Operate”

• Gain access to financing • Lessen litigation risk

• Maintain/enhance company reputation

• Operate successfully in complex business environments