The vision of the Land Portal Foundation is to improve land governance to benefit those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness through information and knowledge sharing.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
Our mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.
We do this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate.
TMP Systems is a boutique consultancy based in the United Kingdom, with staff in the United States and the Philippines. Our work spans asset management, commercial investment systems design in carbon, energy and land use and environmental, social and governance diligence.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) pursuseds national interests and project the UK as a force for good in the world. We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.
The webinar Financial Costs of Mitigating Tenure Risks, organized by the Land Portal Foundation, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), TMP Systems and the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, took place on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021.
The acquisition of agricultural land is growing at an unprecedented rate in Africa, as global demand for food and resources grows. Research shows that land disputes are also on the rise, exposing businesses to severe risks at the project level. The problem is endemic and growing, and companies want evidence-based approaches to address this new reality and understand their exposure to risk.
The Quantifying Tenure Risk (QTR) project, a joint research initiative from the ODI and TMP Systems, funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, aims to provide the data and analysis that businesses need to reduce land conflict and improve land governance through better informed investment decisions.
This webinar presented the results of the report The financial costs of mitigating social risks: Costs and effectiveness of risk mitigation strategies for emerging market investors and discussed the implications of increasing tenure security through enhanced investment strategies. The report makes the case for tenure risk mitigation in order to engender confidence and trust between investors and local communities, which secures social buy-in and mitigates the financial risks associated with disputes. The findings suggest that investments make clear financial sense. It calls for governments to require investors, both domestic and international, to dedicate financial resources on community engagement activities.
Land Portal Foundation
Charlotte van Andel
Senior Environmental and Social Officer
Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO
Climate and Sustainability
Principal researcher (law and sustainable development)
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Responsible Business Conduct unit
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
This report assesses the costs and effectiveness of responsible investment practices in emerging market contexts. Its results make the business case for investments in social risk mitigation and avoidance practices. Such practices include community engagement efforts, impact assessments and the establishment of grievance resolution mechanisms. Implemented correctly, responsible investment practices engender confidence and trust between investors and local communities, which secures social buy-in and mitigates the financial risks associated with disputes.