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Disclaimer: Media scans and other posts are intended to monitor and share current news and information relevant to the land and resource governance sector. Posts and media items included in the scans are not endorsements and do not represent the views of USAID or the U.S. Government, unless stated otherwise.

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Land Matters Media Scan – 21 April 2017

Here are the recent land tenure and resource management media items: USAID Customary Land Certification Reaches Zambia’s Vulnerable Populations (4/21/17) Source: LandLinks Upcoming Events Using Tools to Advance Transparency in Land Investments (4/26/16) Source: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre RSVP: Here Reports and Publications The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide…Read More

Customary Land Certification Reaches Zambia’s Vulnerable Populations

When Ireen Sakala, a smallholder farmer in Mkanda Chiefdom, heard about a new effort to document land ownership, she feared that as a disabled, single woman, she might be excluded. Confined to a wheelchair since childhood and unable to find employment, Ireen depends on land inherited from her parents for her family’s livelihood. Her land,…Read More

Land Matters Media Scan – 13 April 2017

Here are the recent land tenure and resource management media items: USAID Ask the Expert: An Interview with Zemen Haddis, USAID (4/7/17) Source: LandLinks Reports and Publications Australian governments have failed Indigenous peoples, says Oxfam (4/11/17) Source: The Guardian Related report: Moving beyond recognition: respecting the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (4/12/17)…Read More

Ask the Expert: An Interview with Zemen Haddis, USAID

Zemen Haddis, PhD, is the Senior Agriculture Policy Advisor for USAID/Ethiopia and he manages USAID’s LAND project, which focuses on the land rights formalization process in Chifra and Amibara woredas (administrative zones similar to counties) in Afar Ethiopia. The project works with pastoral communities in Ethiopia to support the formal recognition of customary land rights and strengthen the…Read More

Land Matters Media Scan – 5 April 2017

Here are the recent land tenure and resource management media items: USAID Securing Land Rights in Zambia – links to TGCC-related World Bank Paper (April 2017) Source: Food Tank Reports and Publications How to protect Peru’s rainforest? Indigenous land titles, researchers say (4/3/17) Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation Related report: Titling indigenous communities protects forests in…Read More

Is “Secure Enough” Good Enough for Land Tenure? A Case Study from Rwanda

Originally appeared on Chemonics’ blog. What is “secure enough” tenure? The concept of “secure enough” tenure has been discussed in the context of humanitarian and post-disaster programming and increasingly through donor initiatives. In our new paper, we adopt the following definition of secure enough tenure, used by USAID: “[T]he benchmark of tenure security [is] when…Read More