Thursday, November 12, 2009

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Scaling-up Grassroots Approaches for Improving Secure Access to Land and Housing

In many countries, laws and policies exist that have the potential to enhance secure access to land for poor women and men. These laws relate to issues such as adequate housing and freedom from eviction, land reform and access to all land-based resources. They relate to cross-cutting issues such as the rights of women and marginalized groups to freedom from discrimination in relation to land and housing. However, very often the implementation of these laws and policies is weak because governments lack the necessary expertise, resources or political will.

But many solutions to these problems are being developed by grassroots organizations and other civil society organizations that work closely with grassroots communities. These grassroots approaches are based upon the mobilization of grassroots groups to fill the gap left by government. But grassroots civil society often faces difficulties in replicating and scaling up these approaches beyond small-scale, local initiatives.

In 2010, the Global Land Tools Network, in partnership with the Hakijamii Trust, Huairou Commision, International Land Coalition and Slum/Shack Dwellers International, will provide small grants support for the scaling up of innovative, participatory approaches to improving the secure access of poor women and men to land and housing.

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Deadline: December 1, 2009

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