Friday, October 24, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR PANELS: Commission on Legal Pluralism Mumbai Conference 2015 The conference organizers invite scholars and practitioners to present work at the 2015 Conference.  Deadline: November 30th, 2014.

PUBLICATION: Climate-Smart Agriculture and Resource Tenure in sub-Saharan Africa: A conceptual framework

PUBLICATION: Property rights and sustainable irrigation: A developing country perspective

PUBLICATION: Journal of Peasant Studies Special Edition on food sovereignty and agrarian transformations (free access)

PUBLICATION: Collective Action within the household: insights from natural resource management

FELLOWSHIP: Integrative Conservation doctoral program: The University of Georgia is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Fall 2015 for our Integrative Conservation (ICON) doctoral program. Funded assistantships are available to outstanding students.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 

CALL FOR PANELS: Commission on Legal Pluralism Mumbai Conference 2015

 

The 2015 international conference will pay particular attention to emerging areas that have gained in momentum due to processes of globalization, the emergence of ‘knowledge economies’, and the evolution of high-tech capitalism. Not surprisingly, debates and evolving policies on information technology, biotechnology, genetic engineering and intellectual property rights are forced to deal with issues of legal pluralism, perceiving the danger that high-technology regimes may further exacerbate socio-economic inequalities and further marginalize the already disadvantaged, especially in developing societies and ‘emerging economies’. The conference will also address established themes that continue to cause significant concern, such as conflicts and contestations over property, land and natural resources; governance; religion, culture, custom and ethnicity; state and non-state laws; gender; kinship; patriarchy; human rights; development aid and cooperation; as well as migration; mobility; and transnationalism, while exploring how emerging and ‘old’ themes in the field of legal pluralism relate to each other in theory and practice.

The conference organizers invite scholars and practitioners to present contemporary work on these and related themes to the 2015 Conference. It is hoped that this event will offer a dynamic and vibrant space for a further expansion of such perspectives in debating issues and problems of legal pluralism.

Call for panel proposals

We request interested parties to submit proposals for panels in the 2015 Mumbai conference. The panels proposed may be partly or fully ‘populated’ (including names of at least 3-4 presenters and titles of papers per panel) or ‘empty’ (without names of paper presenters). A proposal should include (a) a title (max 10 words), (b) name of panel organizer, (c) email address of panel organizer, and (d) a panel description of not more than 200 words. If the panel is populated, the proposal should also have (e) a list of presenters and – preferably – the titles of their papers or contributions.

See more at: http://commission-on-legal-pluralism.com/nl/home#sthash.WZXDLluF.dpuf

Please send your proposals for panel and roundtable discussions to Waheeda Amien (Waheeda.Amien@uct.ac.za) and D. Parthasarathy (dp@hss.iitb.ac.in) by no later than November 30th, 2014.

 

PUBLICATION: Climate-Smart Agriculture and Resource Tenure in sub-Saharan Africa: A conceptual framework

Though many studies document the positive impacts of various climate-smart agricultural (CSA) practices on crop yields, adoption of such practices remains limited in many areas in sub-Saharan Africa. A number of barriers to adoption have been identified, with many researchers noting the importance of property rights systems and tenure insecurity in particular. Nonetheless, few papers document the pathways by which current property rights and tenure security affect the adoption of CSA, or how altering either the bundle of property rights or the degree of tenure security over each piece of the bundle can lead to increased adoption of CSA. In this paper, we first discuss key characteristics of four CSA practices related to sustainable land management. We then lay out a conceptual framework for evaluating the pathways by which expanding property rights and strengthening tenure security affects incentives to adopt technologies broadly, and then apply the framework to each of the four CSA practices.

The paper, by Nancy McCarthy and Josh Brubaker, is available  here: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3982e.pdf

 

Publication: Property rights and sustainable irrigation: A developing country perspective

 

While the role of secure property rights contributing to sustainable natural resource management is increasingly recognized, translating that into practice is more challenging, especially in developing countries. This article presents a framework for understanding the role of property rights for effective irrigation systems and then explores the complexity of property rights to land, water, and infrastructure and their underlying institutions. Understanding property rights in practice requires acknowledging legal pluralism—the coexistence of many types and sources of law, which can be used as the basis for claiming rights over the resources. Property rights do not necessarily imply full ownership, but are composed of different bundles of rights that may be held by different claimants—the state, user groups, families, or individuals. These rights are critical for the authority, incentives, and resources for irrigation operation and maintenance. As resources become more scarce, property rights systems need to adapt to reduce conflict and provide incentives for saving water. However, efforts to improve irrigation by changing property rights systems have often failed because they have not recognized the difficulty of transplanting property rights systems from one place to another. Institutional change needs to be seen as an organic process,building on existing norms and practices, rather than as an exercise in social engineering.

This paper, by Ruth Meinzen-Dick, is available here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2014.03.017

 

PUBLICATIONS: Journal of Peasant Studies Special Edition on food sovereignty and agrarian transformations (free access)

 

GLOBAL AGRARIAN TRANSFORMATIONS

New directions in agrarian political economy, volume 41, issue no. 5: http://www.tandfonline.com/r/fjps-41-5

Critical erspectives on food sovereignty, volume 41, issue no.6: http://www.tandfonline.com/r/fjps-41-6

 

PUBLICATION: Collective Action within the household: insights from natural resource management

 

Households face many collective action situations, with members working together to produce livelihoods and allocate goods. But neither unitary nor bargaining models of the household provide frameworks to analyze the conditions under which households work collectively and when they fail to do so. Drawing on the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework based in the natural resource management literature, this paper explores the factors that encourage and inhibit collective action and provides insights into how to understand collective action problems within the household as dynamic, multi-actor situations with outcomes that can be evaluated by multiple criteria, not just efficiency. Comparison with the household literature also points to areas to strengthen the resource management literature through greater emphasis on human capital issues, including gender, health, and education.

This CAPRi Working Paper, by Cheryl Doss and Ruth Meinzen-Dick, is available here: http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/128370.  We are in the process of setting up a new CAPRi website and will add the link to the working papers there, when possible as well.

 

FELLOWSHIP: Integrative Conservation doctoral program

The University of Georgia is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Fall 2015 for our Integrative Conservation (ICON) doctoral program. Funded assistantships are available to outstanding students. The ICON Ph.D. program is open to students applying to one of four "home departments" including the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources (http://www.warnell.uga.edu), the Odum School of Ecology (http://www.ecology.uga.edu), the Department of Anthropology (http://anthropology.uga.edu/), and the Department of Geography (http://geography.uga.edu/).

With the current rate of global change, conservation and management of our natural resources needs to adapt to a complex set of challenges. Responding effectively to these challenges requires both disciplinary expertise and agility to work across disciplines. The University of Georgia's ICON Ph.D. program is designed to meet that need by ensuring that students gain disciplinary depth while also learning to collaborate across fields of practice by engaging faculty from the natural and social sciences to train students in an integrative and holistic way.

At the same time, this program strives to move beyond the paradigm of interdisciplinarity by reaching outside of academia to bring together academics and practitioners. Through internships and collaborative research, students will interact with professionals engaged in management and conservation as partners and colleagues. These experiences, along with training modules led by communications experts, will ensure that students learn to communicate effectively and strategically with those from other backgrounds and disciplines as well as with lay audiences.

For more information, please contact Nik Heynen, ICON Program Director & Graduate Coordinator (iconphd@uga.edu), at the Center for Integrative Conservation Research (CICR) at the University of Georgia or visit the ICON website: http://icon.uga.edu/.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Securing Women’s Land Rights: Learning from successful experiences in Rwanda and Burundi

A new report on a Learning Route on “Innovative Tools and Approaches to Secure Women’s Land Rights”, organised by the Women’s Land Rights Initiative of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and Procasur in Rwanda and Burundi in February 2014 is now available.

A Learning Route is an educational journey built around the experiences of local organisations that are supported to systematise and share their knowledge with others. The 16 participants, or ruteros, in this Route, women and men from civil society organisations (CSOs) and government programmes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, learnt from the local organisations visited, and from each other.

To read the executive summary, click here
To read the full report, click here

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: R4D Projects in the Ganges

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) invites Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from partners to carry out research for development projects that will contribute to its demand driven research agenda in the Ganges River Basin.

WLE Ganges Focal Region Program seeks to improve food security, nutrition and livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the rural poor in three Ganges Basin landscapes, i.e. the mountains, plains and delta. WLE has five mutually-supportive objectives that support achieving this goal:

  1. Productivity – enhancing the productivity of degraded rainfed and irrigated agricultural landscapes by strengthening ecosystem services that support sustainable agricultural intensification.
  2. Sustainability – supporting activities that increase food and livelihood security by creating resilient socio-ecological systems that secure the provision of ecosystem services over long time frames.
  3. Efficiency – increasing resource recovery and reuse to ensure that solid and liquid waste from rural towns and villages are recycled and used efficiently.
  4. Equity – identifying opportunities for women, youth, and people from disadvantaged castes and ethnic groups to gain access to water, land and other natural resources for productive purposes in a way that increases their food security, livelihoods, nutritional status and ensures sustainability.
  5. Governance and institutions – supporting the development of effective, inclusive and equitable decision-making, partnerships and institutions, and the capacities of actors to manage and address the complex problems across the water, land, energy and environmental nexus.

The four intervention areas to be addressed by this Call are as follows: the Highlands, the Plains, the Delta, and Cross-cutting basin issues.

For more details, Visit the EOI Call Page

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Association for the Study of the Commons

The IASC has extended the deadlines for abstract submissions (for individual and group presentations) for their 2015 Biannual Meeting in Edmonton Alberta  (May 25-29, 2015).

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The World Bank is accepting abstracts for the Conference. The theme for 2015 is Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity. The topic highlights that while land tenure affects the distribution of assets between men and women, generations, and social groups, patterns of land use will have far-reaching implications for welfare and other socio-economic outcomes at household, community, or landscape level. Authors interested in presenting at the conference are requested to submit an initial 800 to 1,500 word abstract before October 31th 2014 using the online form.

EMPLOYMENT: Program Management Officer

CIAT seeks a Program Management Officer to assists the Director for Asia in regional management particularly in research program development, resource mobilization and partnership building

Sunday, September 14, 2014

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Association for the Study of the Commons

 

The IASC has extended the deadlines for abstract submissions (for individual and group presentations) for their 2015 Biannual Meeting in Edmonton Alberta  (May 25-29, 2015).

See details here.

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

 

The World Bank is pleased to announce the 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty being held from March 23 – 27, 2015 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. Participants include leaders and professionals from across governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and partners to interact and discuss innovative approaches to improving land governance. Last year’s conference attracted more than 1,000 participants from 101 countries; 60 percent of participants were from developing countries, about a fourth representing government officials and another fourth from international organizations.

The theme for 2015 is Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity. The topic highlights that while land tenure affects the distribution of assets between men and women, generations, and social groups, patterns of land use will have far-reaching implications for welfare and other socio-economic outcomes at household, community, or landscape level. Although they are by no means a silver bullet, recent innovations in geospatial technologies provide exciting opportunities to document and analyze determinants as well as impacts of land use change that are of great relevance for policy, projects, and research in this area.


Authors interested in presenting at the conference are requested to submit an initial 800 to 1,500 word abstract before October 31th 2014 using the online form. A technical committee will decide on paper acceptance and outcomes will be communicated by December 1st, 2014.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Program Management Officer

 

CIAT seeks a Program Management Officer to assists the Director for Asia in regional management particularly in research program development, resource mobilization and partnership building. He/she works closely
with the regional research team by providing management support to a growing portfolio of research
projects in Asia covering: a) cassava in value chains, b) forages and livestock, and c) integrated farming
systems and resilient agri-landscapes. The position is internationally recruited and based at the CIAT Asia
Regional Office in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Please see full details here.

Monday, September 08, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

 

EMPLOYMENT: Partnership and Networking Officer (Consultancy)  

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN/the Network) seeks a consultant: Partnership and Networking Officer.

EMPLOYMENT: Junior Policy Analyst – Gender Equality and Women’s Rights.

The OECD is seeking a dynamic junior policy analyst to join the GENDERNET team.

CONFERENCE: Third International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at Grassroots

The conference welcomes the presentation in different formats including performances, exhibitions, posters and research papers.  Community representatives are specially invited to connect with each other and help the formal sector to understand and appreciate their knowledge systems.

The policy makers and corporate leaders will find conference as a unique platform for engaging with open innovation community promoting dialogue and partnership between formal and informal sector of science, technology, services and society.

Please submit your abstracts and proposals for special workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions and performances to iccig@iimahd.ernet.in.

Deadline: September 30, 2014

CALL FOR PROJECTS: Volta and Niger Basins

Water, Land, and Ecosystems Program (WLE) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for projects to help it address demand driven research in the Volta and Niger Basins.

 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: Partnership and Networking Officer (Consultancy)

 

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN/the Network) is an alliance of global, regional and national partners aiming to contribute to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure. In order to continue to capitalize on the collective knowledge and initiatives of all partners of the Network, to improve the implementation of its communications and partnership strategy and to continue to developing partnership approaches that support the progress towards achieving results, the Secretariat will engage a consultant: Partnership and Networking Officer.  Full details here.