Building Regional Solidarity for People-Centered Land Governance

Monday, 5th August 2019

At the Facilitators’ Meeting in Ahmedabad, India, participants raised the importance of building regional solidarity among ILC Asia platforms in striving for people-centered land governance in the region.

ILC Asia, National Engagement Strategy (NES) Facilitators and Commitment-Based Initiatives (CBI) Focal Points convened for the second time to strengthen their shared vision in pursuing people-centered land governance. The meeting that took place from 16 to 18 July was held as a follow-up action from the first meeting back in April 2018 in Indonesia, where members presented their strategies and approaches to land issues at the national and global level. ILC Asia is a "coalition of platforms", hence the main objective of this second meeting is to build platforms’ capacity and sustainability in mitigating emerging social issues like climate change, migration and land grabbing among others. It also aimed to emphasise the transformative capacity of national platforms and foster their good governance.

Denise Musni, of NES Philippines and Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC), said the three-day meeting had some fruitful discussions that helped clarify the role of platforms. “We’re actively trying to look into what others are doing so that our platforms can be more connected. Building regional solidarity is of high priority because a lot of issues in Asia are cross-country and we have a lot of shared sentiment and experiences,” said Denise.

Other facilitators also echoed the same idea, that though there are many platforms working on different issues, there should be a sustained communication among all platforms to make sure everyone is on the same page.

“So far in the ILC, we’ve always focused on individual activities but now we are moving towards a collective action,” said Vidya Rawat, of Social Development Foundation in India and the focal point for Women’s Land Rights (CBI 4). 

“With this meeting, [facilitators'] voices and understanding can be strengthened, not just merely the technical know-how but also the ideological clarity, like basic understanding on women and land for example, which will define what this platform means,” he added.

Facilitators also discussed the many different tools to monitor and evaluate the progress in achieving people-centered land governance. A session was dedicated to ensure a common understanding of the concept and use of LANDex as a tool to measure achievements and impacts of ILC platforms, complementary to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on land rights.

Facilitators hoped that in the future, platforms could be more connected with each other by exchanging ideas and learning from each other’s best practices. 

What is a NES?

National Engagement Strategy (NES) is a type of multi-stakeholder platform, or collective governance model, that works by opening the space up for dialogue and inclusive decision making with various partners in both the public and private sector, to address complex issues on people-centred land governance. Together, a diverse group of actors comprised of ILC members and non-members, come up with best solutions to solve some of their countries’ most pressing land governance problems.

ILC supports NESs by providing initial seed funding together with the necessary tools to help strengthen it as a policy changing mechanism to interact, engage and lobby with governments and policy makers.   

Read more about NES

What is a CBI?

Commitment-Based Initiatives (CBIs) are global and regional mechanisms through which ILC members engage with each other to advance change at country level, developing partnerships and common strategies on one or more of ILC’s 10 Commitments. These initiatives involve members across countries, and complement and link to existing NES platforms. CBIs are demand-driven initiatives that bring together members with a common thematic interest. They are usually focused on members learning from each other (South–South cooperation) and complementing each other’s work, while also jointly influencing public policies.

Read more about CBIs