News

  • 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.

  • 14 November 2016

The EthiopiaWIDE team held a series of public events on November 1st and 2nd in Oxford and London, including a Mokoro seminar ‘Tracking rural communities since 1994 – evidence from EthiopiaWIDE’. The other events were held at the Oxford University African Studies Centre and ODI. The presentations have been published on the EthiopiaWIDE website and are available to download here. Read also Mokoro article on the recent WIDE seminar.

  • 17 October 2016

LEGEND is a DFID programme that aims to improve land rights protection, knowledge and information, and the quality of private sector investment in DFID priority countries. Through the programme  a series of short evidence updates are being produced, summarising emerging bodies of evidence from different sources on key themes related to land governance or particular country issues. Mokoro’s Dr Elizabeth Daley and Kristina Lanz have recently produced an evidence update titled ‘Gender, land and agricultural development in Africa. From women to gender’. The brief is now available to download through the Mokoro led Land Rights in Africa website.

  • 27 September 2016

Mokoro recently completed an evaluation of Finland’s Development Cooperation Country Strategies and Country Strategy Modality. This evaluation, the largest in Mokoro’s history, was carried out in partnership with Indufor on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The purpose of the evaluation was to provide evidence-based information and practical guidance for the next phase of the Country Strategy Modality. This included how to improve results-based management in country programming for management, learning and accountability purposes; and how to improve the quality of implementation of Finnish development policy at the partner country level. As such, comprehensive country strategy evaluations took place in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nepal, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia. The six country country reports and the overall evaluation synthesis report are now available for download from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland website.

  • 12 September 2016

Mokoro’s WOLTS Project – our multi-country action-oriented strategic research project in support of women’s land rights – has just completed fieldwork to carry out a baseline survey in our first pilot country, Mongolia. During August, a team from our NGO partners, People Centered Conservation, conducted the survey with members of pastoralist communities whose land rights and livelihoods are being affected by mining investments. We are now underway with analysing the data and starting to prepare for our participatory fieldwork phase in Mongolia. Read more about WOLTS here.

  • 10 August 2016

Mokoro’s WOLTS Project – our multi-country action-oriented strategic research project in support of women’s land rights – has commenced baseline surveys in both the countries that are the focus of our pilot study. In Mongolia the baseline began in two soums at the end of July, while in Tanzania it is getting underway in two villages this week. Teams from our NGO partners, People Centered Conservation in Mongolia and Haki Madini in Tanzania, are now out in the field conducting interviews with members of pastoralist communities whose land rights are being affected by mining investments. Read more about WOLTS here.

  • 14 July 2016

On 11 July, Mokoro hosted a seminar on approaches to measuring climate resilience. The event was chaired by Stephen Turner and presentations were given by Mokoro’s Principal Consultant Kit Nicholson, as well as Stephen Anderson and Mark Lawrence from the Food Economy Group. More information and presentations are available here.

  • 27 June 2016

A Mokoro team, led by Principal Consultant Alta Fölscher, visited Helsinki in mid-June to present the findings of the Evaluation of Finland’s Development Cooperation Strategies and the Country Strategy Modality. This evaluation, the largest in Mokoro’s history, was carried out in partnership with Indufor on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The purpose of the evaluation was to provide evidence-based information and practical guidance for the next phase of the Country Strategy Modality. This included how to improve results-based management in country programming for management, learning and accountability purposes; and how to improve the quality of implementation of Finnish development policy at the partner country level. As such, comprehensive country strategy evaluations took place in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nepal, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia.

Whilst in Helsinki, the team presented the results of the evaluation including cross-cutting themes emerging from the individual country studies. Recommendations were offered for Finland’s future development cooperation.

Finland’s development cooperation encompasses a range of sectors and required a diverse and experienced team to carry out the evaluation which began in September 2015. Core team members included Alta Fölscher, Lilli Loveday, Stephen Lister, Nick Maunder, Stephen Turner, Muriel Visser, Ann Bartholomew, Gadissa Bultosa, Kumar Upadhyaya and many others from our partners at Indufor.

You can read more about this assignment, including the team’s presentation in Helsinki, here.

  • 23 May 2016

Mokoro is excited to announce Haki Madini as partners for WOLTS – our multi-country action-oriented strategic research project in support of women’s land rights. Haki Madini is a rights based non-profit making organisation working in the mining sector of Tanzania and will be partnering with Mokoro for our pilot study in pastoralist communities whose land rights are being affected by mining investments. Haki Madini works at the local, regional and national level to connect stakeholders for collective engagement to protect and support the rights of small-scale miners, and it has a strong commitment to addressing issues of gender equality. Haki Madini’s Gender and Mining Program has been addressing issues affecting women in the mining sector through women’s leadership and capacity development work, and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration that builds on this work. Read more about WOLTS here.

  • 4 May 2016

The Ethiopia WIDE team have published a second series of “Discussion Briefs,” written in 2015/16, which review evidence from longitudinal research of twenty rural communities in Ethiopia  related to a range of specific sectors or issues; and which are intended as resources for further deliberation about how to improve outcomes from Ethiopia’s model of transformation. The papers present and analyse patterns of evidence that recur across all or several of the 20 WIDE communities, focusing on policy considerations emerging from evidence that transcends anecdote.

The briefs and their authors are as follows:

  1. Introducing Ethiopia WIDE and its policy relevance, Sarah Vaughan
  2. Rurbanisation, urban expansion into rural areas, and thickening rural-urban linkages, Pip Bevan, reviewed by Tegegne Gebre Egziabher
  3. Differentiation and inequalities in rural communities, 2010-13, Alula Pankhurst with assistance from Theodros W Giorgis, reviewed by Dessalegn Rahmato
  4. Youth transitions to adulthood in rural communities, 2010-13, Alula Pankhurst with assistance from Nathan Nigussie, reviewed by Yisak Tafere
  5. Education in rural Ethiopia 2010-13: aspiration and uncertainty, Catherine Dom, reviewed by Setotaw Yimam
  6. Changing patterns in maternal and infant health and wellbeing in rural Ethiopia from 2003- 2013, Pip Bevan, reviewed by Helen Andemikael
  7. Economic participation of women and girls in rural Ethiopia, 2010-13, Lilli Loveday with Catherine Dom, reviewed by Emebet Mulugeta
  8. Moving for work from rural communities, 2010-2013, Catherine Dom, reviewed by Asnake Kefale
  9. Insights on economic success in rural Ethiopia, 2010-2013, Tefera Goshu with Catherine Dom, reviewed by Ezana Amdework
  10. Diffusion of knowledge, learning, “technology transfer” and change in rural communities, Sarah Vaughan, reviewed by Zerihun Mohammed.

View the papers on the Ethiopia WIDE website.

The authors (Pip Bevan, Catherine Dom, Tefera Goshu, Lilli Loveday, Alula Pankhurst and Sarah Vaughan) are grateful for the funding from the UK Department for International Development, Irish Aid and the Swedish International Development Agency that allowed them to prepare these briefs.