Working to Protect and Defend Community Land Rights in Africa
Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LW
For this seminar, Mokoro welcomed Rachael Knight, who shared some of the experiences and insights she has gained from 15 years working at the forefront of community land rights.
Ms. Knight began by explaining the integrated community land protection process that she innovated in collaboration with local advocates, including all of the challenges, mistakes, and obstacles in the field that led to its creation. She then discussed her recent research on the impacts of this process on communities in Nepal, Mozambique, Uganda and Liberia, two to five years after they completed their community land protection efforts. This data led into a discussion of the forces that undermine local and indigenous land rights, and how to better support communities to defend their land claims, regenerate local ecosystems, revitalize local culture, and strengthen local land governance.
Robin Palmer from Mokoro chaired the event.
Follow this link for Rachael Knight’s latest report, “The Challenge of Protecting Community Land Rights: An Investigation into Community Responses to Requests for Land and Resources“.