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Date of publication: 
July 2017
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52
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A primer to guide rural communities in framing and devising collective action and engagement strategies to strengthen their tenure of land, fisheries and forests is released today.

Community in Mali Photo by FIAN International

While accountability is about the challenge of holding those in power responsible for their decisions, accountability politics is about exploring whether and how this can be done. In a context of a global rush for land and other natural resources, investigating these under the lens of the Tenure Guidelines can provide grassroots communities with significant information to secure their human rights to the commons. FIAN International and Transnational Institute bring these insights into focus with ‘Using the Tenure Guidelines for Action Research’.

The purpose of the guide is to provide practical information to rural communities that they can use in framing and devising collective action and engagement strategies aimed at strengthening their tenure of land, fisheries and forest in order to bring about bottom-up accountability. With the use of land and water rapidly changing and natural resources grabbing escalating, it is crucial to see where authorities may be excelling and where they may be falling short in fulfilling their obligations with regard to tenure governance and human rights.

This publication is part of a collaborative project aimed at strengthening the capacity of grassroots communities in Mali, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa to address through action research, situations of land and other natural resource grabbing that are threatening their lives and livelihoods. Currently at a final stage, the project also aims to shed light on how national and international governance instruments and principles can be mobilized to protect and promote the interest of the most affected and marginalized in current resource deals.

You can download the publication     here.

For media enquiries please contact     hildevanderpas[at]tni.org and     delrey[at]fian.org 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • The Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (Tenure Guidelines) are the first international ‘soft law’ instrument that focuses on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and on how they can be applied to the governance of land, fisheries and forests. The Tenure Guidelines are firmly anchored in human rights and so their adoption by the UN Committee on world Food Security has opened up the possibility to interpret and use them as a springboard to support claims for the right to land.
  • The project, carried out by a consortium of organizations based in Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda and Mali, is expected to launch additional materials on tenure governance and human rights in late 2017.

Authors and Publishers

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Civil Society Organization

FIAN International was founded in 1986 as the first international human rights organization to advocate for the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition.

FIAN consists of national sections and individual members in over 50 countries around the world. FIAN is a not-for-profit organization without any religious or political affiliation and has consultative status to the United Nations.

University or Research Institution

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague is part of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).

It is a graduate institute of policy-oriented critical social science, founded in 1952 and able to draw on sixty years of experience.

ISS is a highly diverse international community of scholars and students from the global south and the north, which brings together people, ideas and insights in a multi-disciplinary setting which nurtures, fosters and promotes critical thinking and conducts innovative research into fundamental social problems.

University or Research Institution

The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.

The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world.

Founded in 1974 as a network of ‘activist scholars’, TNI continues to be a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.

Publisher(s): 
Civil Society Organization

FIAN International was founded in 1986 as the first international human rights organization to advocate for the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition.

FIAN consists of national sections and individual members in over 50 countries around the world. FIAN is a not-for-profit organization without any religious or political affiliation and has consultative status to the United Nations.

University or Research Institution

The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.

The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world.

Founded in 1974 as a network of ‘activist scholars’, TNI continues to be a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.

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