Initiative on Community Livelihood and Land Tenure
The Initiative on Community Livelihood and Land Tenure focuses on developing understanding, dialogue, and practical experience about how local communities, their land, and their lawyers interact. It strives to promote the development of more effective and sustainable approaches to community based natural resource management and local livelihoods. By focusing on fundamental drivers such as tenure systems and management approaches, and developing and analyzing pilot systems and case studies, the Initiative seeks to promote the development of more effective and sustainable approaches to community-based natural resource management and local livelihoods.
One of the Initiative’s areas of work focuses on developing and modelling best practice in the relationship between communities and their lawyers in the empowerment process, as well as exploring the role of gender in land use disputes. Within this framework, the initiative works with communities in resolving ongoing land disputes by focusing on community lawyering as a means to: (1) strengthen community capacity to engage more effectively with advocates and other stakeholders in the resolution process; (2) strengthen the capacity of lawyers and other advocates to serve local communities effectively; and (3) identify ways to strengthen women’s voices in community-based land management decisions.