• 11 April 2014

On 2 April Robin Palmer attended the launch in Birkbeck College, London, of the McAuslan Fund set up to commemorate the life and work of the late Law Professor Patrick McAuslan who died in January. Below are a few words from Robin on the event.

“Martin Adams, Liz Daley and I wrote a combined appreciation of Patrick in a previous newsletter tribute and Liz and I also wrote individual pieces which were posted on Birkbeck’s tribute page.

It was a fine launch. The speeches were really good, a mix of the poignant and the entertaining, which well captured Patrick’s essence and clearly brought out the themes of social justice and making the law work in practice for poor people. I spoke to some of Patrick’s former students and learnt that they greatly appreciated his lectures, which didn’t surprise me at all.

Funding has now been secured for an initial scholarship for someone from East Africa to study law at Birkbeck. I hope that funds will later become available to support the kind of gatherings Patrick would have approved of.

Valerie Kelly, Research and Publications Officer in Birkbeck’s School of Law, who organized the launch, wrote to me afterwards to say that ‘it was really nice to have someone from Mokoro present, having heard about the organisation from Patrick.’

  • 11 February 2014

The latest e-newsletter has been sent out and includes a review of our recent Education Seminar. The articles can be read here.

  • 11 January 2014

Robin Palmer has had his review of Professor Patrick McAuslan’s book ’Land Law Reform in Eastern Africa: Traditional or transformative? A critical review of 50 years of land law reform in eastern Africa 1961-2011’ published by African Affairs. The article is available online here.

  • 11 January 2014

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Patrick McAuslan on Saturday 11th January 2014, a former Associate of Mokoro and a good friend, colleague and mentor to three of our Principal Consultants. Patrick has been a tremendous inspiration to a great many people working in the fields of land reform, land tenure and land law. His work over the past 50 years has had a major influence on shaping the land laws and tenure policies of a great many countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Some of this is reflected in his seminal book, published last year by Routledge, Land Law Reform in Eastern Africa: Traditional or transformative? A critical review of 50 years of land law reform in eastern Africa 1961-2011 (Review by Robin Palmer, Mokoro). We will miss Patrick very much and extend our deepest condolences to his wife Dorrette, their daughter Fiona, and family and friends.

  • 11 January 2014

Mokoro’s most recent seminar was a great success! With 2015 around the corner, the seminar contributed to the debates regarding the post-2015 agenda, with a specific focus on education. The seminar, chaired by Chris Colclough, Emeritus Professor of Education and Development at Cambridge University, brought together leading voices on education, including Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute; Pauline Rose, Director of the annual Education for All Global Monitoring Report; and Alta Fölscher, Principle Consultant at Mokoro. Further details and the presentations can be downloaded here.

  • 11 December 2013

Mokoro’s Elizabeth Daley and Sabine Pallas (International Land Coalition) have just been published in Feminist Economics. The article, “Women and Land Deals in Africa and Asia: Weighing the Implications and Changing the Game”, is now available online on the Taylor & Francis Online website.

  • 11 October 2013

Three Mokoro Country Portfolio Evaluations (Republic of Congo, Timor Leste and The Kyrgyz Republic) are now available on the WFP external website.

  • 11 July 2013

Martin Adams has had his article ’Reforming communal rangeland policy in southern Africa: challenges, dilemmas and opportunities’ published. View it here.

  • 11 June 2013

Guidance notes on pooled funding to support service delivery in fragile and conflict-affected states have been published. Three of Mokoro’s Principal Consultants (Anthea Gordon, Beth Hodson and Stephen Lister) were part of the team. The documents can be downloaded here.

  • 11 May 2013

Mokoro’s latest newsletter has been sent out with another set of interesting articles from our consultants, including one from Beth Hodson on Mokoro’s recent assignment on pooled funding. In June Mokoro will be holding a seminar on women’s lands rights in Southern and Eastern Africa, which you can read more about in Robin Palmer’s article. To view the articles, click here. To receive a full version of the newsletter, email us.