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In Africa, farmers rely on their rights to community land, but governments don't always back them up with legislation. Photo Credit: Gates Foundation/Flickr

When Kenyans enacted the Constitution in 2010, one of the crucial areas that we decided to focus on was land reform.Ke

The key target of this is the recognition, protection, and registration of community land rights.

It is unfortunate that land reform has now been turned into a political process that fails to respect the aspirations of the people.

It is especially disheartening that the proposals that were derived by the task force on community land have now been trashed and we are presented with land Bills that do not respect the needs of the people.

Desun Gembira village in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Rainforest Action Network/Flickr.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit in Mexico City this week brings together more than 1,500 participants, including ministers, from around the world. While OGP member governments have made notable progress toward transparency and accountability through the four-year-old partnership, there has been little attention given to making land holdings and land transactions transparent.


At the end of September, the global land community met in Bern, Switzerland for the 2nd International Conference on Community Land Rights, to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing those who rely on access to community lands for their livelihoods. Discussions at the conference focused on the perpetual divide between indigenous peoples and governments with regard to land ownership.

Megan MacInnes

At last month’s International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Malaysia, I co-hosted a panel on land grabbing and corruption with Transparency International. This global annual event gathers together governments, civil society, enforcement agencies, journalists and others to discuss ways of tackling corruption. This year’s IACC focused on ending impunity – a problem which has helped make land grabbing prolific and very hard to tackle.




Large-scale resource developments can threaten people's land and the quality of their environment. Now a new initiative is bringing grassroots organisations together with international lawyers to fight for resource justice.


Around the world, large-scale resource developments threaten the lands and environment of millions of people. A new initiative, Lawyers for Resource Justice, helps to put power back into the hands of communities who are defending their rights and demanding responsible, fair natural resource development in their homelands.

Share data - Illustration credit: Ainsley Seago.

A call to understand a bit more about sharing data, metadata, linking things up and how it all plays together in today's Web to help answer tomorrow's challenges.

Publish data on the Web, what is Open Data, why it matter. (*) - part 1

  • Why it matters
  • Stop data hugging, go for Open Data !

How to make your data (re)useable by other (**, ***) - part 2

  • Structure your data
  • Use Open standards and formats

Make it better,  ! (****, *****) - part 3




Despite advances in global gender equality, "we are still failing rural women, particularly women farmers", write Jacqui Ashby and Jennifer Twyman.

As is often the case, failure is rooted in missing information. We are failing rural women farmers by not empowering them to improve the wrong data which we use to describe their situations, the authors write. As a result, the knowledge we need in order to boost food supplies in changing climates is much less complete than it could be. 




In southern Ghana, women are connected to the land in different ways from one another. This diversity translates into a suite of vulnerabilities to climate change, and a need for fine-tuned strategies that accommodate the range of women in a community.





Explicit inclusion of secure land rights for local communities and indigenous peoples is key to "leaving no one behind" in global Sustainable Development Goals.

This week in New York, representatives of United Nations member states will meet to discuss an ambitious new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets for countries around the world to achieve by 2030, inspired by the ethos that the world must "leave no one behind". 

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