Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
01-04: Raising Awareness and Supporting Land Networks
Tuesday, 20/Mar/2018:
8:30am - 10:00am

Session Chair: Stephanie Burgos, Oxfam America, United States of America
Location: MC 6-860


Improving land governance and increasing women’s access and control over land through collective actions – the case of Pernambuco

Patricia Maria Queiroz Chaves

Espaço Feminista, Brazil

The paper will examine how the organization Espaço Feminista (Brazil) and partners are building a movement that links women organizations and land movements in Brazil to improve land governance and to ensure that land policies are implemented with gender equality in both urban and rural settings.

Considering that there are many organizations operating in the region that are dedicated to women’s issues but that they do not focus on the problem of women’s land rights; and also considering, on the other hand, that there is an immense gender gap in the access, use, control and ownership of land, the paper will analyze such inequality from diverse angles and, using some of the statistics available, will highlight the importance of women’s equal access to land – both rural and urban land.

01-04-Queiroz Chaves-900_paper.pdf
01-04-Queiroz Chaves-900_ppt.pptx

The Untold Story – How Media Coverage Can Change The Narrative On Land And Property Rights

Astrid Zweynert

Thomson Reuters Foundation, United Kingdom

Land rights issues only make headlines when conflicts become violent. Far less attention is paid to what lack of secure tenure means in the daily lives of those affected, for countries trying to attract investment to bolster development and for companies whose bottom line is at stake.

As the world races to achieve the SDGs by 2030, the presentation will address what journalists can do to increase awareness of this important issue and highlights solutions brought about by communities, technology, policy changes and new laws.

Conference participants will see how Place, the first digital platform dedicated to reporting about land and property rights, is bringing these stories to a broad audience and how journalists can contribute to changing the conversation from a niche subject to a global story. This presentation will explore reporting trends and the impact such news coverage can have on changing perception and policy.


Using spatial data tools to support the development and sustainability of social land concessions for the landless or land-poor in Cambodia

Try Thy, Punwath Prum, David Hindley

Open Development Cambodia (ODC), Cambodia

Cambodia has many landless or land-poor people. The government introduced a system of social land concessions (SLCs) where poor families receive land to build a home and grow food.

Not all SLCs are successful. Land may already be occupied, overlap with protected forests, have limited fertility or be remote from public services. One solution is integrating spatial data, digital maps and other resources at an early stage in planning.

Government data is often incomplete, out of date, inaccessible and may not have been digitized. Civil society organisations (CSOs) play a key role in producing accessible data. CSOs such as Open Development Cambodia (ODC), a national NGO, can conduct spatial analysis on proposed SLC locations with datasets and map layers for areas of customary land ownership, protected areas, public services, rainfall, flood risk, soil type and other data. This process can help improve the likelihood of SLC success.


Land Corruption in Africa: Secure Tenure Rights and Engage Local Communities

Jean Brice Tetka1, Annette Jaitner1, Michael Okai2, Bienvenu Tsivozahy3

1Transparency International-Secretariat, Germany; 2Transparency International-Ghana; 3Transparency International-Madagascar

Transparency International National Chapters have made noteworthy progress by experimenting innovative solutions to empower local communities in fighting corruption in the land sector. While a group of widows from the Upper East region of Ghana was very successful in advocating for their land rights and improving their livelihoods, members of a rural community from the West of Madagascar worked together to restore a sustainable peace by securing their parcels. This paper presents lessons learned by National Chapters of Ghana and Madagascar during the implementation of the Land and Corruption in Africa Project. It can serve as a basis or a guide for civil society organisations embarking on similar initiatives, as well as some learnings for policy makers.