Articles

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

Sustainability: what do we think we mean?

There’s no point trying to hide it: I suffer from Ageing Consultant’s Syndrome. The older I get, the more people ask me to work on evaluations, rather than on planning (a forward-looking younger person’s pastime?), managing, or (most rarely) direct implementation. Evaluations are important, should be (and often are) rigorous, and tend to keep the…

Land advocacy in Africa, past present and future

Livelihoods, food, shelter, identity: for millions of women and men around the world, land and its related resources are central to survival. Three out of four people currently living in poverty survive on farming[1] as a means of supporting themselves, their families and communities, which places the role of equitable access to land very high…

Hidden wounds: truth-seeking in Sri Lanka

In summer 2016, a Mokoro team travelled to Sri Lanka to undertake a Country Portfolio Evaluation for the World Food Programme (WFP). Participating in the evaluation was a fascinating introduction to the wonderful country and people of Sri Lanka, its diverse history and geography. The Sri Lankan context, as explored in the evaluation report, sums…

“Land Grabbing” film screening

On 10th March at Wolfson College in Oxford, Mokoro screened “Land Grabbing”, a film by Kurt Langbein and Christian Bruser. This beautifully shot film follows incidences of land grabbing from the perspective of multinational corporations, private investors, politicians and affected communities. Director Kurt Langbein was able to attend the screening and shed more light on…

Tracking rural communities since 1994

Ethiopia. Africa’s oldest independent country. Africa’s second largest in terms of population. A country that has never formally been colonised. The home of one of the oldest Christian churches. A country that has fascinated many with its unique cultural heritage. Ethiopia faces challenges on many fronts, in education, water and sanitation, health, nutrition and poverty,…

Approaches to measuring climate change resilience

In December of last year, Paris hosted the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference, which saw the first ever global commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The historic agreement requires developed and developing nations to limit their emissions so that global average temperatures do not exceed a two degree increase over pre-industrial levels. Beyond this two…

Land Tenure Security and LSLAs

When we talk about gender equality, the empowerment of women – in all aspects: economic, political and social – is an important foundation which cannot be ignored. Addressing the underlying strategic issues around women’s empowerment is much harder and more complex than addressing practical needs like women’s access to drinking water, health services and so…