Working in Country: ILC's National Engagement Strategies
ILC's country level work is implemented through its National Engagement Strategies (NES), where the ILC is setting-up and strengthening existing multi-stakeholder national landplatforms and joint strategies.
Today, ILC's National Engagement Strategies are connecting more than 300 land focused organisations to work together in 20 countries.
Europe and the Middle East: Albania
Their overall aim is to influence the formulation and implementation of land-related policies and legal frameworks using the Ilc's 10 commitments to people-centred land governance as their compass, and the Voluntary Guidelines for Land Tenure (VGGTs) and the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa as the key benchmarks.
NES platforms reflect the diversity of ILC's membership, and are also inclusive of non-members open to a transformative agenda. While they may be initiated by a core group of ILC members, they ideally grow to become multi-stakeholder platforms. This actor-based approach enables members and other change-makers to generate a critical mass for transformation.
Why is this working?
NES processes provide a permanent space for interaction between a variety of actors, including civil society organisations, intergovernmental organisations and national governments. With the support of a neutral facilitator, stakeholders are able to build a collective vision for the future of their country's land and natural resources governance, while continuing to monitor progress.
NES process are able to influence the formulation of land-related policies and legal frameworks and support their implementation by:
- Providing a space for national-level stakeholders to develop a common strategy and vision in a focused and coordinated manner;
- Being an opportunity for civil society to build links and trust with government officials for policy engagement;
- Increasing political legitimacy of civil society with governments and promoting openness of governments to engage in dialogue;
- Giving leading organisations visibility, credibility and partnership opportunities;
- Providing a key space for solution-oriented sharing of knowledge;
- Combine different strategies, such as policy dialogue, land knowledge and monitoring, capacity building and demonstration projects (farming contracts, unified cadastre, conflict resolution mechanisms, etc.)
All ILC members have the opportunity to propose a NES platform in their own country. Once a proposal is submitted, official criteria is used by the ILC's regional coordination units and steering committees and global secretariat to determine possible support to NES in new countries.