Articles

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

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…

Women’s Land Tenure Security in Mongolia

In October 2015 Mokoro launched a long-term multi-country strategic research project in support of women’s land rights. The WOLTS[1] project has been initiated with a two-year pilot study in Tanzania and Mongolia focusing on the effects and impacts of mining investments in pastoralist communities. The study is examining the state of women’s land tenure security…

Doom and Gloom on Land in East Africa

Through recent interactions with a French PhD student, Francesca Di Matteo, who is working on land in Kenya, I was invited to a conference on Politics of State Interactions on Land Rights in East Africa, held at IFRA (Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique), Nairobi on 22-23 June. It was essentially an academic conference. Presentations…

Martin’s bookshelves

This is written at the desk of Martin Adams, who has been a leading figure in Mokoro for several decades but, sadly, announced his retirement at the company’s Quarterly Meeting, just hosted by him and Gerda at their lovely home in rural Denmark. Both Martin and I were strongly influenced by A.T. (Dick) Grove, who…

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