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Grant Solicitation: Support for Environmental Defenders

7 May 2024

ILRG II seeks concept papers for the Environmental Defenders Grant Fund, designed to support environmental defender organizations with the resources necessary to enhance their impact in addressing the land-related root cause of threats, and ensure the long-term sustainability of their vital work:…


Africa’s groundbreaking women’s rights treaty turns 20 - the hits and misses of the Maputo protocol

16 July 2023

2023 marks two decades since the adoption of the Maputo Protocol. The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol) is arguably the most progressive legally binding instrument on women’s and human rights instruments globally. A…

Who owns the world’s land? Legislation to cement communities’ historic rights stalls

15 July 2023

While land that is legally designated or owned by indigenous, Afro-descendant, and local communities worldwide between 2015 and 2020 has risen in acreage, in sub-Saharan Africa the opposite applies, says a report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI): It decreased by 2.4 million hectares …

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Fighting for Land and Shade

7 May 2024

Razina is different.  Unlike most people in Madagascar, his skin is pale.  His hair is blonde and his eyes are a light shade of pink.  Razina has albinism. He became aware of just how different he was at a very early age.  When he arrived at school for the first time, all the other children teased…

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Transforming Africa Into a Powerhouse of the Future

The State of Land Data: Transforming Africa Into a Powerhouse of the Future

This webinar aimed to build the capacity of researchers and practitioners across Africa to better understand sustainable approaches to land data governance. The webinar highlighted the importance of good land data governance for improving property rights and enabling more efficient government…