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ASCL & LARC | Documentary screening on a mining conflict in KwaZulu-Natal: This land

The Land & Accountability Research Centre (LARC) at the University of Cape Town commissioned the vivid documentary film This Land as a way for rural people to bring the untold story of their struggle for rights and accountability on communal land into urban forums of legislative, political and corporate decision-making.

This film screening has been jointly organized by the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society, the Anthropology Department and the Collaborative Research Group Africa in the World of the ASC Leiden. 
The documentary screening will be followed by a Q&A. ASCL’s director Prof. Jan-Bart Gewald will be the chair.


Sabine Luning, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology: focus on resource extraction, economic anthropology and issues of sustainability

Janet Bellamy, LARC: special interest in indigenous land rights in South Africa and the connection between indigenous rights, property law and dispossession

Janine Ubink, Van Vollenhoven Institute: focus on legal pluralism, customary law and traditional authorities in Africa

Date, time and location

07 February 2019
15.30 – 17.00
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
Room 5A-42

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European Commission | EU Support to Responsible Land Governance – State of Play 2018

Secure access and use of land for men and women is crucial for sustainable development, food security and for a vibrant agricultural sector in support of inclusive socio-economic development.

The brochure briefly presents how land governance is improving globally and at the country level. In particular, critical issues such as equal land rights for women and the statutory recognition of customary land rights are addressed by many projects.

Download it here: Land brochure 2018.

ZOA | Making Land Rights Work: Land Rights Guidelines

Secure access to land and secure use of land, for housing, agricultural and other purposes is one of the cornerstones of making sustainable, positive development possible. As ZOA provides relief, hope and recovery to people impacted by conflicts and disasters, addressing land rights issues will need to be a permanent point of attention in our work.
We have developed guidelines for staff, implementing partners and other actors who are working on land issues in post-conflict and post-disaster contexts (or consider doing so). These guidelines are based on ZOA’s experience in working with land rights in the African Great Lakes region, studies done by current and previous partners and take into account global land rights standards.
The guidelines provide a basis for developing land rights projects and establish good practices and minimum requirements. 
Find the guideline here: ZOA Land Rights Guidelines
Also see the introductory video here.

LANDac | Guatemala Blog Series #6: Land and the judiciary – an uncertain future

The sixth blog in our Guatemala Blog Series by Jur Schuurman is out:

Last December I wrote that Guatemala “is going through a political and constitutional crisis that has everything to do with the struggle of certain sectors to retain their privileges and avoiding uncomfortable questions about them (…). But that is another story.” It is indeed, and now is the time to tell it.

Read Blog #5 here!

Chiang Mai University | M.A in Social Science (Development Studies) Specialization in Land Issues

Want to work in Development?
Looking for a career as a sustainability professional, social researcher, development specialist, humanitarian worker or policy maker? Interested in Land Issues? Start the journey down your career path with a Master of Arts in Social Science (Development Studies) from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University.
Since 2017, a specialization in land issues has connected students with academic institutions, NGOs and researchers from around the Mekong Region. Chiang Mai University has become a centre for training benefitting a new generation of researchers and administrators working in the field of land governance.
For those from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam, full scholarships are available, covering both study, travel and living costs.
Deadline for Application: 31 March 2019
Programme start: July 2019
For questions on the International Master’s Program and Chiang Mai University, please contact Ann at:
For specific questions about the specialization in land issues, please contact Daniel
For more information:

World Bank | Seeking NGOs, governments, donors, and private sector firms with interventions to improve women’s land tenure security

The World Bank Africa Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) is seeking NGOs, governments, donors, and private sector firms with interventions designed to improve women’s land tenure security in rural Sub-Saharan Africa.


Submission deadline: 5pm US Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, 6 February 2019.

Link: Available here


Whom is this opportunity for?

Each successful applicant will meet all four criteria below:

  • Be an NGO, government, donor, or private sector firm.
  • Have a new or existing intervention, which they are planning to roll-out or scale-up; that could help strengthen women’s land tenure security in rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa; and for which the organization has already secured any necessary funding.
  • Be interested in gaining insights into how and why their intervention is working through a scientifically sound, quantitative impact evaluation.
  • Be interested in strengthening their intervention’s design towards more effectively serving women.


About this opportunity

During 2019, GIL plans to launch a new set of impact evaluations on women’s land tenure security in rural areas. GIL has already secured funding to cover GIL staff time and travel, data collection, and data analysis costs associated with three new impact evaluations. This request for expressions of interest (EOIs) is for organizations (“project teams”) who would like to work with the Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) on impact evaluations of their interventions.
The selected project teams will be matched with highly-skilled and experienced GIL and external researchers who will, on a pro bono basis:

  • Work with you to identify the questions your project team would like to answer through impact evaluation; work with you to develop a strong and viable impact evaluation design for your program; and lead an impact evaluation of your project (including design, data collection, and analysis);
  • Provide training for your organization/team on impact evaluations; and
  • Work with you to strengthen your project’s design towards more effectively serving women.

For these impact evaluations, GIL is also prepared to support the costs associated with GIL staff time and travel, data collection, and data analysis.


For more information on the EOI selection criteria, application steps, and timeline, please see the Call for Expressions of Interest available here.


About the Africa Gender Innovation Lab

The GIL conducts impact evaluations of development interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa to generate evidence on what works and what doesn’t work for closing gender gaps in economic sectors. These evaluations cover projects implemented by the World Bank, governments, aid agencies, private sector firms and nonprofit organizations. With the results of these evaluations, the GIL supports the design of innovative and scalable interventions to address gender inequality across Africa.

Website: GIL

Women’s Land Rights | Malawi: Empowering women to claim and demand their land rights (video)

In partnership with LANDac’s ‘Scaling up women’s land rights in Africa’ action research programme, Oxfam in Malawi partnered with Landnet to build capacity of women smallholder farmers to claim and demand their land rights. The project was implemented in Mzimba, Kasungu and Phalombe district.

This video showcases the impact of the project.

Planetary Security Conference | 19-20 February 2019, The Hague

Climate change affects human security and can increase conflict risk. This issue gained prominence on high level international diplomatic and security policy agendas. Yet still more needs to be done to address risks on the ground. The Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) aims to catalyse action in affected contexts. PSI sets out best practice, strategic entry points and new approaches to reducing climate-related risks to conflict and stability, thus promoting sustainable peace in a changing climate.

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the PSI in 2015. Now operated by a consortium of leading think tanks.

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The objectives of the PSI are to:

  • Enhance political involvement in climate-security.
  • Strengthen the knowledge-policy interface by consolidating a global, cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary community of practice.
  • Develop and promote policies and good practice to support governments, the private sector and implementing agencies better securing peace in regions affected by climate change
  • Operate as a permanent platform for international cooperation on planetary security

The Planetary Security Conference is upon invitation only and seats are limited to 300 participants. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and the target  audience consists of senior policy makers and diplomats working on the climate-security interface, as well as representatives from NGOs, research and the private sector. We aim to balance regional representation, gender and sectors (i.e. to bring in diplomacy, defense and development perspectives). For more information, please contact


E&S Special Feature | Transforming Conflicts over Natural Resources in the Global South

The journal Ecology & Society has published a special feature on “Transforming Conflicts over Natural Resources in the Global South for Social-Ecological Resilience”. This special feature is edited by Eleanor Fisher, Maarten Bavinck, and Aklilu Amsalu and contains a number of contributions from researchers in the LANDac network. All articles are open access and can be accessed here:

Enjoy the read!


All articles:

Fisher, E., M. Bavinck, and A. Amsalu. 2018. Transforming asymmetrical conflicts over natural resources in the Global South. Ecology and Society 23(4):28.


Salman, T., M. de Theije, and I. Vélez-Torres. 2018. Structures, actors, and interactions in the analysis of natural resource conflicts. Ecology and Society 23(3):30.


Orta-Martínez, M., L. Pellegrini, and M. Arsel. 2018. “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”? The conflict imperative and the slow fight against environmental injustice in northern Peruvian Amazon. Ecology and Society 23(3):7.


Menon, A., M. Sowman, and M. Bavinck. 2018. Rethinking capitalist transformation of fisheries in South Africa and India. Ecology and Society 23(4):27.


Tufa, F. A., A. Amsalu, and E. Zoomers. 2018. Failed promises: governance regimes and conflict transformation related to Jatropha cultivation in Ethiopia. Ecology and Society 23(4):26.


Hellin, J., B. D. Ratner, R. Meinzen-Dick, and S. Lopez-Ridaura. 2018. Increasing social-ecological resilience within small-scale agriculture in conflict-affected Guatemala. Ecology and Society 23(3):5.


Ros-Tonen, M. A. F., and M. Derkyi. 2018. Conflict or cooperation? Social capital as a power resource and conflict mitigation strategy in timber operations in Ghana’s off-reserve forest areas. Ecology and Society 23(3):44.


Shrestha, A., D. Roth, and D. Joshi. 2018. Flows of change: dynamic water rights and water access in peri-urban Kathmandu. Ecology and Society 23(2):42.


Scholtens, J., and M. Bavinck. 2018. Transforming conflicts from the bottom-up? Reflections on civil society efforts to empower marginalized fishers in postwar Sri Lanka. Ecology and Society 23(3):31.


Brandt, F., J. Josefsson, and M. Spierenburg. 2018. Power and politics in stakeholder engagement: farm dweller (in)visibility and conversions to game farming in South Africa. Ecology and Society 23(3):32.


Berry, K. A., B. Kalluri, and A. La Vina. 2018. South-to-south exchanges in understanding and addressing natural resource conflicts. Ecology and Society 23(3):33.


ITC Twente | Inaugural Lecture Prof. Dr. Richard Sliuzas 22 November 2018

The Rector Magnificus would like to announce that Prof. Dr. Richard Sliuzas, appointed by the Executive Board of the University of Twente as Professor of Urban Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, ITC, will be giving an inaugural lecture in the M.P. Breedveld Room, Waaier Building, at 16.00hrs on Thursday 22 November 2018 (be present at 15.30) to mark the occasion of his appointment.

INVITATION Inaugural Lecture Prof. Dr. Richard Sliuzas


The title of this lecture will be:


The Rector Magnificus kindly invites you to attend this event. Before the inaugural lecture coffee and tea will be served in the lobby of the Waaier building. You may offer your congratulations after the lecture.

Would you like to attend the ceremony? Register before 22 November 2018 on