The Cloudburst Group (also known as Cloudburst Consulting Group) was founded in 2005 and is a registered small business providing management consulting services to public and private clients in the United States and internationally. We are a mission-driven organization, focused on providing solutions for issues around land, housing, and health. We are headquartered in the Washington DC area–in Landover, Maryland–with a network of satellite offices and consultants spread across the globe. Since our founding in 2005, The Cloudburst Group has grown to a staff of approximately 60 full-time professionals, complemented by a cadre of long-term and short-term consultants and partner organizations. We serve a growing number of clients in a variety of fields. To date, we have worked most with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
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This note is for private sector project implementers and financers (development finance institutions, international development agencies, commercial lenders and equity investors) seeking to invest responsibly in new greenfield sites in low and middle- income countries. It aims to provide practical guidance on identifying and addressing community land conflicts to prevent them escalating into disputes between the project and local communities.
This report provides information on due diligence and effective conflict management through consultation in the context of community land conflicts. It identifies some key steps to follow to integrate community land conflict into enhanced project risk assessments.
The purpose of the Evaluation, Research and Communications (ERC) project is to create, expand, and communicate the results of evidence-based knowledge around best land tenure and property rights practices in order to enhance internal USAID and external USG learning, guide program design and implementation, and make the most effective use of limited development resources to accomplish key USG development objectives.