Respect, protect and strengthen the land rights of women and men living in poverty, ensuring that no one is deprived of the use and control of the land on which their well-being and human dignity depend, including through eviction, expulsion or exclusion, and with compulsory changes to tenure undertaken only in line with international law and standards on human rights.

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UNICEF

An example of decentralised land governance: the introduction of the Wilaya in Algeria

Alegria inherited a centralised system of governance at independence in 1962. As a result, all policy and decision-making were controlled by the central government, to the exclusion of local government and local communities. With growing discontent within the local communities in southern...

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UNDP

Improving indigenous women’s access to land and participation in natural resource management

In Halimun Salak, West Java, Indonesia, Kasepuhan women were landless, and were excluded from land-related decision-making and natural resource management. The society is traditional, and is governed by strict customary law (adat) and practices. As a result of gender roles, women were...

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AFA

Expanding the Dialogue on Large-Scale Land Acquisition and its alternatives

This case study highlights the process used by the Asian Farmers Association (AFA) to better involve grassroots organisations from three Asian countries in national, regional and international dialogues on large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs). The project was implemented in Cambodia, Indonesia...

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ACAD

Economic empowerment to enhance resilience to land grabbing: Beit Skarya, the West Bank

The Arab Center for Agriculture Development (ACAD) has used different methodologies to protect the land rights of local communities in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the rehabilitation and utilisation of land by planting different kinds of plants and trees. ACAD has lobbied on...

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CLS

A Human Rights Approach to Rural Land Governance in Scotland

Community Land Scotland (CLS) has worked to strengthen a human rights approach to land governance through multi-stakeholder dialogue and advocacy. Previously, Scotland’s land tenure system was oriented towards private property rights. This has changed, with CLS working with the Scottish Human...

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“Wheels of Hope” motorbike campaign tackles unlawful occupation of common land in India

Some 78% of the grazing commons in the state of Gujarat have been acquired by investors and other actors, restricting access for local land users. Local NGO Maldhari Rural Action Group (MARAG) worked with local communities to launch “Wheels of Hope”, a motorbike campaign that covered a distance...

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