Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Policy Reform toward Gender Equality in Ethiopia: Little by Little the Egg Begins to Walk

A new article by IFPRI researchers Neha Kumar and Agnes Quisumbing  is available open access here.  They use data from the Ethiopian Rural Household Survey (ERHS) to show how two seemingly unrelated reforms—community-based land registration, undertaken since 2003, and changes in the Family Code implemented in 2000—may have created conditions that reinforce each other in improving gender equity. Their findings suggest that the land registration process and the reform of the Family Code had mutually reinforcing effects on women’s rights and welfare.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Executive Secretary

 

The Pan-African Farmers Organization (PAFO) is launching a recruitment notice for the position of Executive Secretary of PAFO. This position is classified in the category of senior management of an international organization.

The full details are available here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Feminist Economics Research Notes on gender and land tenure issues

Feminist Economics Research Notes are short, open access summaries of various articles.  A series of Notes from Volume 20, Issue 1 relate to gender and land tenure issues.  To access volume 20, Issue 1, click on the link and scroll to the bottom of the page.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Associate Research Fellow (IFPRI)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as an Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow to:

· Conducting rigorous qualitative and quantitative research related to issues of state capacity, public sector reform, and the political economy of development policy processes.

· Analyzing the implications of different institutional and political settings for agricultural and rural development policy prioritization and implementation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Full details available here

 

PUBLICATION: Special Issue on legal pluralism, governance, and aquatic resources

Maarten Bavinck and Joyeeta Gupta of the University of Amsterdam have now edited a special issue in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) on legal pluralism, governance and aquatic resources (fresh water and marine).  The opening article by the editors includes a typology on relations between legal systems that is utilized by all contributors to the special. The closing paper synthesizes the various contributions and suggests a way forward. The content of the special issue can be viewed on http ://www . sciencedirect . com/science/journal/18773435/11 Copies of relevant papers can be obtained from the authors.

 

PUBLICATION: Policy Notes from “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change”

A new volume of policy notes summarizes the findings from the project “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group-Based Approaches.” From the IFPRI Research Program on Climate Change, Collective Action, and Women’s Assets, the notes in this collection explore how to protect or strengthen women’s control over critical assets, including natural resources and social capital. These notes also examine the potential for innovative and group-based approaches to increase women’s assets and strengthen their risk-management capabilities in the context of climate change.

Click here to download the full set.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

PUBLICATION: Networks for resilience: The role of social capital: This report investigates the under-explored role that local forms of social capital, in particular local organizations and social networks, play in enhancing resilience. The case studies used are of Ethiopian funeral societies and Filipino migrant networks. Available here.

PUBLICATION: The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water:This guide is a legal and policy tool and focuses on a particular type of contract involving long-term leases of farmland.  Available here.

PUBLICATION: Guiding Principles on Large Scale Land Based Investments in Africa

CALL FOR RESPONSES: Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog (WLE): What are the conditions for success in large-scale land initiatives?  WLE announces this newest month-long discussion topic in partnership with the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Blog (LPFN) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. Over the next month WLE will be accepting blog responses to the question posed above.

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Technical Specialist - Natural Resources Management (IFAD):  Her/his role will be to assist and advise both IFAD staff and client countries in designing sector management strategies, implementing sector programmes and projects in these fields, with special emphasis on integrated approaches,knowledge management and networking/partnership development at global, regional, national and local levels.

EMPLOYMENT: Tenure Analyst (RRI): The Tenure Analyst is responsible for conducting and managing original, high-quality research on forest and land tenure, climate, conservation, and women’s land rights in the world’s developing and forested countries, maintaining and advancing RRI’s global tenure methodologies and databases, coordinating collaborative work on RRI priority themes, and contributing to other aspects of RRI’s Global Programs and the Coalition.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Networks for resilience: The role of social capital

This report investigates the under-explored role that local forms of social capital, in particular local organizations and social networks, play in enhancing resilience. The case studies used are of Ethiopian funeral societies and Filipino migrant networks.

Available here.

 

PUBLICATION: The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water

The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water is a legal and policy tool for governments and communities that are involved in negotiating investment contracts with foreign investors. The guide focuses on a particular type of contract involving long-term leases of farmland. Part I, Preparing for Negotiations, is designed to assist in the preparatory phase. Part 2, Model Contract, is structured like an investment contract for the lease of farmland and proposes model provisions.

Available here.

 

PUBLICATION: Guiding Principles on Large Scale Land Based Investments in Africa

Source: African Union, African Development Bank & Economic Commission for Africa

Download (855K pdf) -UNECA-

 

CALL FOR RESPONSES: Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog (WLE)

What are the conditions for success in large-scale land initiatives?
We are very excited to announce this newest month-long discussion topic in partnership with the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Blog (LPFN) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. Over the next month we will be accepting blog responses to the question posed above. This discussion will be continued through the Global Landscapes Forum session and through the LPFN African Landscapes Action Plan work.  If you are interested in contributing a 500-800 word blog post, please contact Abby Waldorf a.waldorf@cgiar.org for more information. 

 

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Technical Specialist - Natural Resources Management (IFAD)

Her/his role will be to assist and advise both IFAD staff and client countries in designing sector management strategies, implementing sector programmes and projects in these fields, with special emphasis on integrated approaches,knowledge management and networking/partnership development at global, regional, national and local levels. These include land use planning, territorial planning and rangeland management in close collaboration with and supporting colleagues working on watershed management approaches, land access and tenure security and livestock management. Work also includes the development of relevant knowledge management and policy dimensions critical to IFAD's mandate.  Full details are available here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: Tenure Analyst (RRI)

The Tenure Analyst is responsible for conducting and managing original, high-quality research on forest and land tenure, climate, conservation, and women’s land rights in the world’s developing and forested countries, maintaining and advancing RRI’s global tenure methodologies and databases, coordinating collaborative work on RRI priority themes, and contributing to other aspects of RRI’s Global Programs and the Coalition.

Friday, November 07, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

PUBLICATION: Field guide to Adaptive Collaborative Management and improving women’s participation This new manual from CIFOR specifically addresses how to encourage the broader participation of women in decision making through Adaptive Collaborative Management (ACM). 

EMPLOYMENT: Women's Land Rights Advisor (Oxfam)

Thursday, November 06, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Field guide to Adaptive Collaborative Management and improving women’s participation

This new manual from CIFOR specifically addresses how to encourage the broader participation of women in decision making through Adaptive Collaborative Management (ACM).  ACM is a transformative problem-solving and management approach to learn and act collectively to systematically adapt to change and improve management outcomes.  Women are crucial actors in forest management, yet their involvement in decision making has not kept pace with reforms in broader political and economic systems.

We include practical guidance and examples of how to apply ACM methods in communities and how to teach those methods to others. We also present an overview of ACM concepts, suggested steps and activities (from both field practitioners and community members), tips, case studies and recommendations of additional resources.  This manual can also be applied to the management of a wide range of natural resources, such as natural forests, planted forests, crops, gardens, water or animals.

Download the publication here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Women's Land Rights Advisor (Oxfam)

This position involves supporting and carrying out influencing work that draws on national work and grassroots women’s experiences and leads to greater attention to women’s land and property rights in international policy arenas, including, but not limited to, the African Union, The World Committee on Food Security (CFS) and the World Bank.
To be a successful candidate you will need a proven commitment to advancing the rights of women, have extensive experience in land policy work and policy advocacy at national and international levels.

Details here.

Monday, November 03, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development: The conference invites abstract submissions for papers, posters and other forms of contribution on the topics outlined in the call. Deadline: 1 February 2015.

GRANTS: Tinker Foundation The Tinker Foundation's program of Institutional Grants supports the theme of sustainable resource management (among others) in Latin America. Particular issues of interest include sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry and non-timber forest products, sustainable tourism, fisheries management, and payment for environmental services as well as issues of water scarcity and quality for communities.The application deadlines are March 1 and September 15 of each year.

FELLOWSHIP: Sustainability Science Fellowships at Harvard University: The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the academic year beginning in September 2015. Applications are due February 2, 2015 and decisions will be announced in March 2014.

EDUCATION: STEPS Centre Summer School: The STEPS Centre is now inviting applications to take part in its fourth annual Summer School.The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on 28 January 2015. There is a fee to attend, but scholarships are available.

PUBLICATION: Inclusive Investment in Agriculture: Cooperatives and the Role of Foreign Investment