OpenLandContracts.org Mini-Grants Program
The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) is pleased to offer two to three grants of $10,000 each for innovative uses of www.OpenLandContracts.org, the world’s first searchable repository of publicly available agriculture and forestry contracts. The grants are offered to support and advance innovative uses of the repository and its content.
OpenLandContracts.org aims to promote greater transparency of land-based investments, facilitate a better understanding of the contracts that govern them, and provide useful tools for governments, communities, companies, and other stakeholders. It is supported by UKaid from the Department for International Development. More information can be found on our website: http://www.openlandcontracts.org/about.
For this mini-grants program, we seek proposals for projects that make use of OpenLandContracts.org to promote more sustainable investments in agriculture or forestry, support different stakeholders in understanding land-based investments and their implications, or provide new insight into such investments.
Applications must be submitted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sent in hard copy format by regular mail. Please note that applications must be received by CCSI on or before January 31, 2018.
For further information, please see the Program Announcement and Guidelines and the Application Form. Applications will be accepted in English or French. (Les demandes seront acceptées en anglais ou en français.) Please direct any questions about the mini-grants program to email@example.com.
Past Mini-Grants Recipients
In 2016, CCSI awarded two grants of $10,000 each to the Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement (CED) and to Chris Arsenault (Land Issues Correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation) through the OpenLandContracts.org Mini-Grants Program.
The grant to CED supports the organization’s work in Cameroon on empowering communities to use information gained through contract disclosure to monitor land-based investments and to hold investors and governments accountable to their commitments around those investments.
The grant to Chris Arsenault supported on-the-ground research for a series of articles and related materials concerning transparency and land investments in Cambodia. A partial list of articles produced under this grant includes: “Cambodians push for transparency over large land deals” (available here); “‘Leopard skin’ plan helps Cambodia farmers stay on large land concessions” (available here); “Landless Cambodian farmers look to International Criminal Court for justice” (available here); and “Timeline-Land politics in Cambodia” (available here).