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Reflections from our recent work, and topical issues for the sector

50 Years of Trying

This piece is a personal take, based on a presentation prompted by my local Rotary Club on the Welsh borders. They pursued me for a decade to speak about working internationally. Since 2017 was the 50th anniversary of taking up my first job, I thought I’d take a quick look at how things have gone….

Evidence in Development

There is a growing demand for the production of evidence in the international development sector to ensure that programmes and initiatives are generating their intended results. For those working in the sector there is now a familiar cycle of reviews, assessments and evaluations designed to serve the mutually reinforcing purposes of accountability and learning. These…

The future of work

Ahead of September’s Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Adam Leach offers reflections and a reminder of the 2017 Summit hosted by Making Cents International. The call to action at the last Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit was “connect, exchange, impact”, to highlight the importance of cross-sector collaboration and to promote closer alignment in supply of…

The long struggle for land reform in Kenya

An informal round-table discussion was chaired by Robin Palmer on 19 April 2018, with invited speakers Odenda Lumumba, Martin Adams and Francesca Di Matteo.  Discussions took place under Chatham House rules to enable the speakers to be frank about their engagements in land reform in Kenya.  The discussion considered the recent history of land reform…

Being a man on a gender project

Jim (Mokoro Ltd, UK) and Ezekiel (HakiMadini, Tanzania) are team members of the global Women’s Land Tenure Security (WOLTS) project. I joined the WOLTS project team in November 2015 and in January 2017 I took part in participatory fieldwork in our two pilot communities in Tanzania. I met Ezekiel Kereri at this time, a fellow…

Property rights in Mongolia

Narangerel is currently Executive Director and a founding member of the Mongolian NGO, People Centered Conservation (PCC), and a senior team member of the global Women’s Land Tenure Security (WOLTS) project.   “How can “property” own property?” It means how can a woman own property like land or housing if she is considered as a…

40 Years of Land, Roots and Myths

Just over 40 years ago, in September 1977, James Currey, then still with Heinemann Educational Books, published two academic books of mine. The first was Land and Racial Domination in Rhodesia, based on my 1968 PhD. The second was a collection which I co-edited with Neil Parsons, The Roots of Rural Poverty in Central and…