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Innovative Financing Solutions for Community Support in the Context of Land Investments

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment,

Communities affected by agricultural, forestry, and other resource investments urgently need increased funding for legal and technical support. Too many communities struggle to access the support they need to protect their interests, in large part because they cannot afford it. This is in stark contrast to companies, who can generally afford the legal and technical…

WASAIDIZI WA KISHERIA KWA AJILI YA HAKI ZA MAZINGIRA

Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program,

Kituo cha Sera na Utafiti- Mpango wa Haki za Mazingira wa Namati Utangulizi na Maelezo ya Jumla ya Mwongozo wa Utendaji Maeneo mengi ya dunia, bila kujali viwango vyao vya maendeleo ya kiuchumi, yapo katika ukingo wa mgogoro mkali wa kimazingira. Katika maeneo haya, shughuli za miradi ya uzalishaji kama vile mashamba makubwa, uchimbaji madini…

Guide pratique pour les Auxiliaires de Justice Environnementale

Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program,

Introduction et Aperçu du Guide Pratique De nombreuses parties du monde, quel que soit leur niveau de développement économique, sont sur le point de connaitre de graves crises environnementales. Dans ces régions, les opérations de projets d’extraction comme les plantations de grande envergure, l’exploitation minière et le développement industriel ont réduit voire dégradé le bien-être…

Community-Investor Negotiation Guide 2: Negotiating Contracts with Investors

Namati, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment ,

Deciding whether or not to allow an investor to use community lands and natural resources is one of the most important decisions a community can make. When negotiations are conducted fairly and inclusively, investments may result in the creation of jobs, provision of much-needed infrastructure such as schools, roads and clinics, and rental payments that…

Community-Investor Negotiation Guide 1: Preparing in Advance for Potential Investors

Namati, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment ,

Deciding whether or not to allow an investor to use community lands and natural resources is one of the most important decisions a community can make. When negotiations are conducted fairly and inclusively, investments may result in the creation of jobs, provision of much-needed infrastructure such as schools, roads and clinics, and rental payments that…

Improving Governance of Pastoral Lands

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ,

The technical guide on Improving the governance of pastoral lands touches on a number of issues that are covered in other technical guides in this series, including the forthcoming technical guide on governing tenure rights to commons and governing land for women and men, Responsible governance of tenure and the law, and Respecting free, prior…

Governing Land Investments: Do Governments Have Legal Support Gaps?

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment,

In the wave of efforts to encourage and support more “responsible” land investments, one aspect has been largely overlooked: are governments equipped with the legal and technical support needed to effectively negotiate and conclude investment contracts that lead to responsible outcomes? CCSI researched how host governments access legal support in the planning, negotiation, and monitoring…

Achieving Millennium Development Goals: Partnership and Participation

Selim Jahan, United Nations Development Programme,

The paper raises key issues and challenges for creating collaborative partnerships and participation, particularly in new or restored democracies, in achieving Millennium Development Goals, exploring on the how to issues – how to develop a road map, how to ensure government and civil society organization collaboration, how to promote innovative mechanisms for collaboration.

Safeguarding People and the Environment in Chinese Investments: A Guide for Community Advocates

Inclusive Development International ,

Over the last 10 years, China has become one of the most important investors in the world. In 2015, official outbound investment flows from China reached a record high of almost US$146 billion, second only to the United States.This investment is reaching all corners of the globe, with Chinese companies and financial institutions active in…

Practice Guide for Environmental Justice Paralegals

Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program ,

Introduction and Overview of the Practice Guide  Large parts of the world, irrespective of their level of economic development, are on the cusp of severe environmental crises. In these regions, the operations of extractive projects such as large-scale plantations, mining and industrial development have negated or worsened the economic, social and physical well-being of communities…

Bringing Law to Life: Paralegal Interventions in Natural Resource Exploitation

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

Introduction When a diamond mining company closed its operations in Mofuwe Village, in the south of Sierra Leone, it left behind three mined-out pits the size of several football pitches, a collapsed bridge, a blocked stream and an uncompleted community school building. It was as if the villagers woke up one morning and the company…

New book on protecting community lands and resources in Africa from Namati and Natural Justice

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

In 2013, a group of 20 expert advocates from across Africa gathered for a three-day symposium to share experiences and practical strategies for effectively supporting communities to protect their lands and natural resources. The symposium illuminated many similarities between the types of threats to communities’ land and natural resource claims, as well as underlying factors that drive and exacerbate…