• 18 September 2017

On Friday 1 September Mokoro was pleased to host several members of the WOLTS team, including partners from Mongolia and Tanzania, at our seminar in Oxford to share initial findings from the WOLTS project. WOLTS is Mokoro’s long-term, multi-country and action-oriented strategic research project on Women’s Land Tenure Security, which began almost two years ago. The team have so far focused on the effects of mining on pastoralist communities in Tanzania and Mongolia, and is seeking to help secure land rights for all vulnerable people. You can read more about WOLTS here.

The seminar was chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Daley, Mokoro Principal Consultant and the WOLTS Team Leader, and included presentations on the project’s rigorous research methodology and on some of the initial findings from our work in four communities in Mongolia and Tanzania. We were delighted to welcome as speakers Ms. Narangerel Yansanjav and Ms. Lkhamdulam Natsagdorj from People Centered Conservation in Mongolia, as well as Mr. Amani Mustafa Mhinda and Ms. Joyce Ndakaru from HakiMadini in Tanzania. We were also very pleased to have Mokoro team members Ms. Zoe Driscoll, Mr. Jim Grabham and Ms. Kristina Lanz speaking at the event.

The presentations from our seminar will be published on our WOLTS webpage later this year; the agenda and speaker information has already been posted to our seminar page.

  • 30 July 2017

The 1000th article has been posted on the Mokoro-hosted Land Rights in Africa website. The website was created in January 2000 by Robin Palmer, and was originally housed by Oxfam GB, where Robin worked as a Land Rights Adviser. It is a library of resources on land rights in Africa – with a particular focus on women’s land rights and on the impact of land grabbing in Africa. The portal has been well received by practitioners, researchers and policy makers, and has grown considerably over the years. Since 2012, Mokoro has been hosting and maintaining the site. Robin Palmer has written some thoughts on the Land Rights in Africa website, 2000-2017. Read more here.

  • 18 July 2017

Mokoro have recently completed a global evaluation of the 11th European Development Fund. This is the largest EU development financing instrument and is one of ten ongoing mid-term evaluations of the Commission’s instruments. The EDF targets African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) partner countries governed by the Cotonou Agreement, as well as the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) of the EU member states. Following  a 12-week Open Public Consultation of all ten EFI MTRs in February 2017 the final report was published in June 2017. The report and more details on this assignment can be viewed here.

  • 30 March 2017

Mokoro were pleased to be present at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty this year.

Mokoro Principal Consultants were authors of three papers presented at the conference this year. Chris Tanner co-authored ‘Doing (Inclusive) Business in Guinea Bissau: Re-activating the 1998 Land Law‘, alongside Camille Bourguignon from the World Bank, and ‘A Programme for Improving Land Governance Transparency in Ethiopia‘, alongside Tigistu Gebremeskel Abza from the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia. Elizabeth Daley co-authored ‘Pastoral Women’s Land Rights and Land Use Planning in Tanzania: Experiences of the Sustainable Rangeland Management Project‘ with Naseku Kisambu, Fiona Flintan and Sabine Pallas.

Mokoro also presented a poster ‘Action-Oriented Strategic Research for Improving Responsibility and Gender-Equitability of Land Tenure Governance’, which featured the ongoing experience of Mokoro’s long-term practical action-oriented strategic research project on Women’s Land Tenure Security (WOLTS). The poster highlighted the importance of using a medium-to longer-term lens to assess real change in gendered social relations at community level with respect to land. It also emphasised capacity development with local civil society partners, governments and communities to empower them to support and monitor changes in local land governance, land tenure arrangements and social norms over time.

Please follow the links to read the papers presented. To find out more about WOLTS you can sign-up for the WOLTS mailing list by emailing

  • 14 March 2017

On Friday 10 March Mokoro held a very well attended seminar ‘Land advocacy in Africa: past, present and future’. The seminar brought together speakers who have engaged on land advocacy in Africa in recent years and looked at what lessons have been learned and at how best to respond to the current threats to Africa of the global land grab. Martin Adams (Mokoro) presented on ‘‘Land reform in Southern Africa: What has changed?’.  Martin reflected on an important part of his vast experience of working on land, in this instance of working within the ministries of both governments committed to pro-poor land reform and of governments which were not. Chris Tanner (Mokoro) spoke about ‘Struggling to implement a progressive 1997 land law in Mozambique’. He reflected on his 11 years of work with FAO in Mozambique on legal empowerment and access to justice, including paralegal courses, seminars for local government officials, gender issues etc. William Beinart (African Studies Centre, University of Oxford) talked about his recent experiences acting as an expert witness in land restitution cases in South Africa. William’s presentation dealt with the complexities of restitution, the lack of clarity in the legal status of land rights for those who live in the former homelands of South Africa and some recent ideas about how those rights can be made more secure. Finally, Rachel Ibreck (Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Goldsmiths, University of London) presented ‘Reflections on the significance of customary authority and local patronage politics for land grab advocacy in Africa.’

  • 8 March 2017

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Mokoro is pleased to share news of the successful completion of fieldwork in the fourth of six phases of our WOLTS pilot study in both Mongolia and Tanzania. The WOLTS team is well underway with preparing two major reports of our findings, to be launched, respectively, in May and June this year. In the meantime, do come and visit our poster presentation at the World Bank’s Land and Poverty Conference in Washington on Wednesday 22 March to learn more about our work. Please also sign up to keep in touch via our website. Happy International Women’s Day to you all!

  • 24 February 2017

The final report of the WFP Sri Lanka Country Portfolio Evaluation (CPE) 2011-2015, led by Mokoro, has been published. The Mokoro team was led by Stephen Lister.

The country portfolio evaluation for Sri Lanka covered all WFP operations from 2011 to 2015. It assessed WFP’s alignment and strategic positioning, the factors and quality of its strategic decision-making, and the performance and the results of the portfolio activities as a whole.

The evaluation makes six recommendations, most of which need to be implemented in collaboration with the Government and/or other international agencies. These include: i) working with the Government to identify “upstream” areas where WFP can add the most value in the future, while agreeing a phased hand-over to the Government of direct service delivery, notably school feeding; ii) encouraging all United Nations agencies to coordinate and streamline their activities in line with Sri Lanka’s new circumstances; iii) working with government and other agencies to develop an adequately resourced plan for completing the resettlement of displaced persons; iv) continuing to offer specialist support to multi sector nutrition approaches; v) hand-over of the school meals programme and vi) strengthening the cost analysis linked to modality choice and assigning higher priority to assessing the performance of cash-based transfers.

The final report and management response can be found on the WFP website. Read more about the project and the Mokoro team.

  • 20 February 2017

The draft final report of the Performance Review of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) has been published on the European Commission’s (EC) website for a 12-week Open Public Consultation (OPC) period. The OPC is an opportunity for stakeholders in beneficiary and EU countries to provide feedback on the findings and conclusions from the evaluation. The EDF evaluation is one of nine evaluations taking place in parallel of the suite of EC’s External Financing Instruments (EFI) which are in operation under the EU’s current Multiannual Financing Framework (2014-2020). While the EDF sits outside this framework as it is not funded from the EU budget, it covers the same programming period and has therefore been included in the same evaluation and consultation process. A further reason for this consultation is therefore to gather preliminary ideas for the next generation of EFIs.

The evaluation of the EDF is being undertaken by a DAI-led consortium with Mokoro as the technical lead. Mokoro consultants involved are Muriel Visser (Team Leader), Karolyn Thunnissen, Stephen Lister, Matthew Smith and Fran Girling. The evaluation has involved documentation review, extensive interviews, data analysis, eight country case studies as well as the preparation of three reports (inception report, desk report and draft final report). Following the OPC and the translation of submitted feedback, the final evaluation report will be prepared for completion in Summer 2017.

The period of consultation is 7 February – 3 May 2017. Go to the reports

  • 27 January 2017

Ethiopia WIDE is a longitudinal qualitative research programme tracking long-term development trajectories as experienced by rural communities in a fast-evolving wider context, in which government policies and programmes matter. Following a recent round of fieldwork, the research team has produced a book which is due to be launched on 2 February in Addis Ababa. Drawing on a number of discussion papers earlier discussed with the government, the book suggests that these communities have changed beyond belief over the past twenty years, and highlights a number of crosscutting themes arising from the research. The WIDE team are very pleased to have close support from high-ranking officials in government, including in the office of the Prime Minister, and hope to gradually institutionalise the WIDE approach. To read more about the WIDE research, see the EthiopiaWIDE website and also an article on our recent WIDE seminar.

  • 22 November 2016

Mokoro’s WOLTS Project – our multi-country action-oriented strategic research project in support of women’s land rights – has now completed all our pilot study’s Phase 3 baseline survey fieldwork. A team from our Tanzanian NGO partners, Haki Madini, conducted the survey between August and October in Tanzania, following our Mongolian NGO partners, PCC, who conducted the survey in July and August in Mongolia. The baseline fieldwork was carried out in two pastoralist communities in each country where land rights and livelihoods are being affected by mining investments. Read more about WOLTS here.