News

  • 17 September 2019

Our latest WOLTS publication is a fascinating photo essay from one of our pilot research communities, Mundarara, in Tanzania. The piece by Jim Grabham, titled “Are rubies undermining Maasai culture”, shares insights gleaned from in-depth interviews with two participants in a one-year training programme on gender, land and mining that has been developed and carried out by the HakiMadini and Mokoro WOLTS project team in Tanzania.

Read the photo essay here, and please sign up to keep in touch with WOLTS latest news via our webpage here.

  • 30 April 2019

Following publication of the WOLTS blog on Left Behind Men, the WOLTS project team is delighted to have published a second blog that also focuses on the complex intersection of gender and social relations and natural resource governance and management. The piece, titled “Mongolian herder families are being split between countryside and town”, has been written by B. Munkhtuvshin, a key member of our WOLTS Mongolia team, and has been simultaneously published on the Mokoro website and on the Land Portal. In her blog, Munkhtuvshin looks at how changes in government policies around education impact negatively in unintended ways on the family life and livelihoods of Mongolian pastoral communities. Read the blog here.

Keep in touch with WOLTS latest news by signing up via our webpage – where you can also download our latest research report from Tsenkher soum, in Arkhangai aimag, Mongolia, and our 2018 Mongolia and Tanzania country reports.

  • 23 April 2019

The WOLTS project is excited to have published a blog by Narangerel Yansanjav, a key member of our team. The piece, titled “Left behind – the Mongolian herders living at home with Mum”, has been simultaneously published on the Mokoro website and on the Land Portal. In her blog, Nara describes the plight of men in their mid-to-late 30s who lost out on their education due to past policy changes. Many who are still single provide welcome support for their mothers, enabling widows to keep herding, but those who are married often miss out on life with their young families due to a much more recent policy change. Read Nara’s blog here.

If you are not already on our mailing list, please sign up to keep in touch with WOLTS latest news via our webpage – where you can download our latest research report from Tsenkher soum, in Arkhangai aimag, Mongolia, and our 2018 Mongolia and Tanzania country reports.

  • 12 April 2019

 

Mokoro are delighted to announce that Clare Tunbridge has been appointed as Chief Executive at Mokoro. Clare had a career in the UK civil service for 16 years and has worked in the humanitarian sector for the last 12 years, most recently as Country Director for Medair in Syria (2015-2018). She joined Mokoro in 2018 in the role of Programme Coordinator (maternity cover), so will be well known to many in Mokoro’s networks already. Mokoro consultants and staff are excited to work with Clare to build further success for Mokoro.

Clare is taking over from Susie Prince, who is moving on after seven years at Mokoro. Susie has led Mokoro through a successful period of sustained growth and high-quality performance. She has been a much-loved leader of the Mokoro team and a well-respected representative of the company in its interactions with clients and colleagues.  Mokoro are extremely grateful for all that Susie has done to build the success and reputation that the company enjoys today. We wish Susie all the best. She will, of course, remain a Member of the company, so we can look forward to continuing close contact with her.

  • 1 April 2019

Mokoro were pleased to be at the World Bank’s 20th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty. Mokoro Principal Consultant, Elizabeth Daley, attended with Yansanjav Narangerel, from our WOLTS partner organisation, People Centered Conservation (PCC). A paper by Elizabeth, Narangerel and Zoe Driscoll, sharing findings from the WOLTS project’s latest research on gender, land, mining and pastoralism in Mongolia, was presented at the Conference. Jim Grabham, Mokoro’s Research Officer, also presented results from an impact evaluation of the Land Tenure Regularisation Programme in Rwanda, which a Mokoro team, led by Stephen Turner, conducted in partnership with Oxford Policy Management.

Details about the conference can be found here. The agenda can be found here.

To view and download the WOLTS paper and presentation, click here.

To view and download the Land Tenure Regularisation paper and presentation, click here.

  • 8 March 2019

Irish Aid recently provided additional funding to support the dissemination of Mokoro’s WIDE research findings in Ethiopia.  Ethiopia WIDE is a longitudinal study of 20 rural communities, exploring issues such as rural economies, inequalities, women’s economic participation, youth, migration, land, urbanisation, and many cross-cutting issues.  Ethiopian think tank the Forum for Social Studies (FSS) have partnered with the WIDE team to make the research available on Ethiopian radio, television and in the press.  In total, 13 radio programmes, four television programmes and six full-page newspaper articles, all in Amharic, will be produced, and the first programmes have already aired.  Please see full details on the FSS website.

  • 1 March 2019

Mokoro Principal Consultant Stephen Turner visited Kigali on 1st March to present findings from the Impact Evaluation of the Land Tenure Regularisation Programme. The programme is a central pillar of Rwanda’s land reform policy and was designed to improve tenure security which would foster sustainable agricultural growth, economic growth and poverty reduction. Members of the Rwandan government were present at this workshop event hosted by DFID, which marked the the official closure of Land Tenure Regularisation Programme after nine years of implementation. The evaluation, which Mokoro has carried out in partnership with Oxford Policy Management, is coming to a close this month.

Stephen led the assignment and was joined on the core team by Mokoro colleagues Chris Tanner and Jim Grabham. Jim will be in attendance at the World Bank’s 20th Annual Conference on Land and Poverty in March to present the findings from this impact evaluation on the panel; ‘Evaluating impacts of land tenure interventions’. The panel will take place in session 01-05 on Tuesday 26th March.

  • 28 February 2019

The latest report from the WOLTS project team is the product of rigorous field research in a third Mongolian community, in collaboration with the Mongolian NGO, People Centered Conservation (PCC). The report addresses critical issues at the intersection of gender, land, mining and pastoralism in Tsenkher soum, in Arkhangai aimag in central-western Mongolia. The team carried out repeat rounds of both quantitative and qualitative participatory fieldwork between October 2017 and December 2018 to validate and triangulate results.

People’s coping strategies in the face of social and environmental change are revealed, in the context of a complex structure of investment and operations in gold mining. A big surprise is that female-headed households are in some ways less vulnerable in this new research community, while many men are in fact the vulnerable members of the community.

To download the full report please visit the main WOLTS web page. A summary can be downloaded on the WOLTS Mongolia web page.

  • 23 February 2019

On Saturday, 23 February, Christine Fenning attended a conference at St Antony’s College in Oxford, organised by The Sudanese Programme, where the South Sudanese diaspora discussed the future of South Sudan. The all-day programme was packed with fascinating presentations and talks covering a wide range of topics by people of different affiliations (from former ministers, politicians, regime critics, activists and analysts to psychotherapists): from a history of the latest conflict, to discussions of what went wrong with the New State, to a presentation about  Peace and Community Cohesion Accountability, talks about the political future of South Sudan from various angles, including the very recent unification of the SPLM (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement) faction and the future of the revitalized peace agreement, to more economically-focussed talks on how to turn destruction to production, as well as talks that focused on cultural norms, the impact of culture, and on youth and women.

Throughout the day discussions were lively. People disagreed on many things but they seemed to agree on this: If the peace process is to be successful, it needs to focus on the people of South Sudan and their needs. There is hope for South Sudan but the South Sudanese have their work cut out for them and need to focus on working together for the good of all people in South Sudan.

  • 14 February 2019

On Friday 11 January, Mokoro was delighted to host a seminar on qualitative evidence gathering methods. Following our previous seminar on collecting evidence for development, this seminar looked further into some of the qualitative approaches available and their use by and usefulness for policymakers and practitioners.

Our panel was chaired by Catherine Dom (Mokoro Principal Consultant) and consisted of James Copestake (University of Bath), Gary Goertz (University of Notre Dame), Bev Jones (Consultant, Port Meadow Consulting) and Lilli Loveday (Plan International UK). The speakers explored the value of qualitative/ alternative evidence and discussed various methods of qualitative/alternative evidence gathering, spoke to the issues around necessary synthesis of diverse data, and how quantitative and qualitative approaches to research can connect more meaningfully, with concrete examples from Plan’s Real Choices, Real Lives study, from HelpAge International Moldova programme, and DFID programmes in North Africa.

It was fascinating to listen to our speakers who approached the subject from different angles and to see how it all connected. The presentations provided lots of food for thought and stimulating discussions with our 50+ participants from a range of policy and practice perspectives.

A video and the presentations from this seminar are available here.

 

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