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15-01: Elevating Land Rights beyond the Development Community
Friday, 24/Mar/2017:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location: MC 2-800

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ID: 994 / 15-01: 1
MasterClass - learning day events

How to Elevate Land Rights Within the Development Community and Beyond: Messaging, Advocacy and Communications

Chris Jochnick1, Stephanie Keene2, Paola Totaro3, Anne Shaffer Myers4, Wael Zakout5, Neil Sorensen6, Cristina Cambiaghi7

1Landesa, United States of America; 2Rights and Resources Initiative, United States of America; 3Thomson Reuters Foundation, United Kingdom; 4Habitat for Humanity International, United States of America; 5World Bank Group, United States of America; 6Land Portal, The Netherlands; 7International Land Coalition, Italy

Do you want to learn what others in the land sector have done to successfully advance land rights policy initiatives? Would you like to connect with your peers in land rights to help each other think through communicating effectively about the benefits of land rights to various stakeholders? Hear from land rights activists, policymakers and communicators from across the globe as they share what works to promote the importance of securing land rights and connecting our issue to other global causes.

What you will learn:

• Messaging and communications activities that elevate the importance of land rights in the international development community and the general public.

• Strategies and good practices to advocate successfully, including examples of successful advocacy campaigns.

• How to mobilize existing supporters and new allies around the world to motivate policymakers at all levels of government to change policies and systems to improve access to land.

This 90-minute MasterClass will consist of a roundtable discussion with a moderator and five panelists.

Chris Jochnick is a global land rights expert and social entrepreneur with decades of experience in international development. Chris joined Landesa as CEO in August 2015 after leading Oxfam America’s work on business and development including shareholder engagement, value chain assessments, and collaborative advocacy initiatives, such as the successful “Behind the Brands” campaign. Chris spent seven years working in Latin America, devoting much of that time to addressing threats to indigenous peoples’ land rights. Jochnick is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former fellow of the MacArthur Foundation and Echoing Green. He teaches a course on business and human rights at Harvard Law School. Chris lives in Washington, DC with his wife and four children.