Namati, ILC, and IIED have partnered to bring an exciting opportunity for ILC member organizations interested in learning about how to implement community land protection programs. Deadline for applications is September 15th. See the announcement from the ILC here, or the text below:
Demand for recognition and protection of indigenous and community land rights is at an all-time high. Around the world, ILC members are mobilising to help communities claim and defend their customary land rights. To build on and advance these efforts, the International Land Coalition (ILC), Namati, and the International Initiative for Environment and Development (IIED) are thrilled to launch the Community Land Initiative and invite applications to become part of the first group of peer-learners.
Over the course of a year (2017-18), participants will learn together how to best support communities to:
- Create and adopt strong by-laws that ensure democratic governance; diverse, downwardly accountable leadership; and improved stewardship of lands and resources;
- Establish strong protections for the land rights of women and other marginalized groups;
- Harmonise the boundaries of their lands with their neighbors, then map, zone and document their lands as owned or used by the community as a whole;
- Formally register their land claims, if possible within their nation’s legal framework;
- Create a vision for their community’s future prosperity, establish systems for deciding whether (or not) to share community land with potential investors, and learn how to negotiate fair, beneficial contracts that promote community interests and economic development.
The Initiative will fund each participating organisation to support two to three communities to actively protect community land. Communities will be better equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for equitable, empowered engagement with private sector actors – to scrutinise contracts, negotiate partnerships or hold investors to account.