26 September 2019
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our times, and it is well-known that carbon dioxide emissions released through air travel – an activity that Mokoro engages in frequently – contribute significantly to the problem. The most effective way to address our carbon emissions would of course be not to create any in the first place, but the nature of Mokoro’s work means that some level of aviation-related emissions is unavoidable. We are therefore pleased to share that Mokoro has partnered with ClimateCare to offset these emissions, and as such our flights for business can now be deemed “climate neutral”. Moving forward, every 6 months we will take stock of the emissions our air travel generates, and offset this amount by investing in a portfolio of projects that cut emissions elsewhere, as well as improving people’s lives. You can find out more about ClimateCare’s projects via their website.
24 September 2019
From 17-19 September Christine Fenning attended this year’s UKFIET conference about Inclusive Education Systems: futures, fallacies and finance. Strategic Development Goal (SDG) 4.5 calls for countries to “eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations”. Over 700 participants working in the education sector came together to think about the challenges and opportunities and how systems could be reformed to enable them to provide quality inclusive education and training for all. Presentations and workshops were organised around six thematic strands:
1. Future directions in inclusive education systems
2. Problematising inclusive systems
3. Education financing for global equity and inclusion
4. Education technology and data science for inclusive systems
5. Education system actors: strengthening inclusive practice
6. System responses to conflict and crises.
The three days provided a lot of food for thought and inspiration. Watch out for an article in our next newsletter.
20 September 2019
Mokoro’s most recent seminar – ‘Education in Emergencies: Resilience, Social Cohesion, and Peace’ was held at Wolfson College on 21 June, 2019, and provided audience members with an engaging insight into this burgeoning field. Our guest speakers – Hiba Salem (University of Cambridge), Allison Anderson (Brookings Institution), and Marie Tamagnan (Save the Children) – each brought a unique and thought-provoking perspective, developed through research and implementation across diverse contexts. For anyone unable to attend, or for attendees seeking a recap, we are happy to announce that the seminar video is now available to view online.
You can watch the video here.
You can read a full write-up of the seminar here.
17 September 2019
This 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.
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.
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.