Community association succeeds in securing land thirty years after dispossession_Photo credi Nkuzi

Community association succeeds in securing land thirty years after dispossession

Between 1941 and 1965 communities in the Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo Province, were dispossessed of their lands. Members of the community were issued ‘trek passes’ when they refused to become labour tenants on the land they occupied. These passes were old apartheid style documents...

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Supporting women to achieve land rights in post-war Rwanda - Swamp cultivation_Photo credits RWN

Supporting women to achieve land rights in post-war Rwanda

Following the civil war, the status of many women in Rwanda was hindered as a result of poverty and the loss of men in households. Women’s ability to secure land was one of the ways in which women suffered drastic economic and social losses following the war. The Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) is...

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Vigilant civil society enforces implementation of National Land Commission

This case illustrates how non-state actors collaborated with citizens to compel the Kenyan State to appoint a Land Commission, an institution provided for by the law. The objective of a decentralised and autonomous Land Commission was to improve land governance in Kenya and increase the...

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Payment for ecosystem services connects urban community with indigenous people

In 2011, Typhoon Washi devastated the city of Cagayan de Oro and prompted institutions to employ sustainable mechanisms for disaster risk reduction and management. One of the projects introduced was the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), an alternative sustainable financial mechanism, in Mt....

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Linking national and international campaigns helps reverting land grab

In March 2011, 769 families from fourteen Q’eqchi communities were evicted from the Polochic Valley, Guatemala, to allow further expansion of sugar cane plantations. Through its international CRECE (“Grow”) campaign, Oxfam supported the national organization Comité de Unidad Campesina (CUC -...

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RISD’s intervention in pro-poor land policy implementation in Rwanda

This story shows the impact of a successful intervention by the Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development (RISD) in contributing to the implementation of pro-poor and equitable land policies in Rwanda. Through evidence-based awareness raising efforts, dialogue, advocacy and networking, RISD...

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Empowered community reverts displacement for large dam

In 2011, a hydropower dam project threatened to displace 1797 people from 4 villages in the Anyar Phyar Village Tract in Southern Myanmar. Due to strong community organisation, research, and campaigning, the communities were able to gain the support of the government. As a result, the hydropower...

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Group of women unites and claims rights and services from the state

Going against the patriarchal social norms in their communities, a group of indigenous (adivasi) women in Jarkhand, India, got together and claimed the right to benefit from a government scheme designed to improve land-based livelihoods. This action changed their own lives but also those of the...

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Collaboration between civil society and government in the formulation of a National Land Policy

This case study reports the constructive collaboration between the Government and Civil Society Organisations in the formulation of the Uganda National Land Policy between 2001 and 2013. The Policy, eventually adopted in 2013, incorporates to a large extent the views of the Civil Society...

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Greater empowerment and security of women through the Joint Land Ownership Certificate

In Nepal, land ownership has traditionally been vested in the hands of men. This case describes how civil society organisations advocated for and obtained the national government’s approval of the Joint Land Ownership Certificate (JLC), which allows a couple to register land in the name of both...

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