Project title: Preparation of Thirteen Point Action Plan for the Implementation of the recommendations of the High Level Land Reform Commission
Name of client: MoLRM, Oxfam, CSRC
Duration: January 2012- June 2012
Area Coverage: Kathmandu
Main features of the project/assignment: Policy Intervention, advocacy and formulation for implementation of land reform.
Summary of the Project: Government of Nepal Prime minister’s office and Ministry of Finance has set few top priorities where land reform in which concrete work plan has to be prepared. They are: i) formulating Land-Use policy, ii) Work plan on Scientific Land Reform will be made on two land reform commission’s report and implement with in Baisakh 2069 BS.
The major objective of this programme is to formulate work plan based on reports of two land reform commission on Scientific Land Reform through informed analysis and debate with stakeholder consulate.
For this, Ministry of Land Reform and Management (MoLRM) had formally requested COLARP to provide technical assistance to MoLRM. On this proposal, COLARP and Oxfam GB jointly collaborate and provide technical assistance. As per request, two day residential workshop was organized on 16th and 17th of March 2012 at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort, Dhulikhel. Different land experts, academicians, government officials, and land right activists participate the progrmme to prepare work plan based on recommendation of two reports of land reform commission (High Level Scientific Land Reform Commission and High Level Land Reform Commission)
As an outcome of the workshop, MoLRM formulated a concrete action plan (13 points action plan) to provide immediate services to different sections of people. This programme also brought forward the concern of political ownership, responsibility, commitment and equity. Further, it became the basis for sustaining effect on effective implementation of action plan on scientific land reform.
Project title: Dalit’s Position in REDD++ National Perspective: A Case study of Three Piloting Districts (Gorkha, Chitwan and Dolakha)
Name of client: Dalit Alliance for Natural Resource (DANAR) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Duration: January 2012- August 2012
Area Coverage: Gorkha, Chitwan and Dolakha
Main features of the project/assignment: Policy Analysis, Policy advocacy for inclusive policy
Summary of the Project: Overall objective of this research project is to understand Dalit’s position in REDD++ in three piloting districts of Nepal. In line with this, specific objectives are set as below: i) to examine the process of REDD considering position of Dalit and their exclusion; ii) to analyse existing policies about how Dalit communities will be benefited from the REDD++ project; and iii) to identify existing gap between policies and practices in context to REDD++. . After undertaking this action research, the following expected outcomes are expected to take place: i) enhanced awareness among Dalit community, agency and concerned stakeholders and started to claim their right ii) sensitized policy makers and intellectuals started to address this issues, and iii) Inclusive policies will address the concerns of marginalized community. At the end, Dalit community will be benefitted through the claiming, sensitizing and capacity building.
Project title: Study on Haliya in Far Western Region of Nepal.
Name of client: Rastriya Dalit Network
Duration: September 2010- July 2011
Area Coverage: All districts from Far Western Region
Main features of the project/assignment: Understanding socio-economic status of disadvantage groups such as Haliya and bonded labours; understanding institutional and structural exclusion; inclusive policy analysis related to bonded labour.
Summary of the Project: The general objective of the study is to examine socio-economic condition of Haliya in Far Western Nepal with special reference to Government efforts or state’s declaration on abolition of Haliya System and ongoing Haliya Movement. In line with this, specific objectives are to understand socioeconomic condition of Haliya in Far Western Region of Nepal; to understand Haliya movement focusing on their issues like slavery, their right to resources and achievement; to assess the effect of state’s efforts on their abolition, government provisions, policy, program to address issues of Haliya; and; to suggest government and other stakeholders for socio-economic upliftment of Haliya in given socioeconomic and political condition.
Project title: Study on Issue of Land Reform in New Constitution of Nepal.
Name of client: Centre for Constituent Dialogue (CCD/UNDP).
Duration: September 2010- March 2011
Area Coverage: Central
Main features of the project/assignment: Understanding issues related to land in constitution making process; examining dissenting options; provision drafted in committee on natural resources; policy draft.
Summary of the Project: The objectives were to understand and analyze issues of land reform raised by all political parties; to review and analyse provision mentioned in Comprehensive Peace Accord 2006, Interim Constitution 2007 and other Parliamentarian Thematic Committee on ‘Natural Resource and Revenue Allocation’ and other required document; to present model of land reform with different options to facilitate high level political leaders to take decision on this contentious issue for upcoming new constitution of making process.
To achieve the aforementioned objectives, this research involved parliamentarian committee members, independent experts and activists. This also sensitized CA members. This research developed a policy draft on issues of land in constitution making process.
Project Name: Pro-Poor Land Governance for Nepal
Client: International Land Coalition
Major Sector/ Sub Sector: Land governance
Area Coverage: Five development Regions
Project Description: The overall goal is to understand and discuss issues, challenges and gaps of pro-poor land governance in Nepal among academics/researchers, policy makers and practitioners in jointly initiating policy debate for suggesting pro-poor land governance in Nepal. Specific objectives are: to identify and examine issues, challenges and gaps in pro-poor land governance of Nepal; to discuss the issues of land governance among academicians, policy makers and practitioners to bridge the gap among them towards pro-poor land governance; and to initiate and foster joint learning among these stakeholders for devising pro-poor land governance for its sustainability and accountability in the country. The major thrust of the proposal is to generate, analyze, synthesize and disseminate knowledge on how pro-poor land governance can contribute to equitable development and poverty alleviation in Nepal. It would also be pioneer contribution to bridge the gap by making existing knowledge accessible, filling the knowledge gap, and update the policy agency with innovation on pro-poor land governance in Nepal. The key activities are: i) action research on pro-poor land governance; ii) policy debate and dialogue/policy influencing activities for social learning and common understanding; and iii) devising pro-poor land governance. Based on research findings and social learning and insights gained from this, ‘Innovative pro-poor land governance’ will be devised and published through the peer review process. During entire process, diverse range of stakeholders such as academician, researchers and practitioners will be actively engaged and thus it imparts/enhances ownership, accountability and sustainability of project output/outcomes.
Project Name: Symposium on State of Art in Transnational Pressure on Land (TPL) and Food Security in South Asia
Duration: End of March 2013
Client: Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR North- South)
Major Sector: Land acquisition, food security, local responses
Area overage: South Asia
There are huge debate on growing Land Acquisition (LA) nationally and globally and its effect and impacts. According to latest research of International Land Coalition (ILC), between 2000 to 2010, around 203 million hectares of land was grabbed worldwide. These transnational controls on land drives land use changes resulting ever pressure on domestic land resources. In addition, the capture or shift in control goes beyond land resources as they also use and needs other natural resources like water, forest etc. Many studies argue that effects of land acquisition can be seen in form of landlessness, increased poverty, and land conflicts in the society. Thus, these land grabbing has many delicate linkages on land use change, tenure system (ownership), food security and sovereignty, indigenous culture and tradition, local resource use pattern, landless (poverty) etc.
As South Asia is the continent of both developed and lease develop countries where it shares world’s largest and most populous regions, this region holds significance from the impacts of global land acquisitions. It is also one of the important regions in terms of food insecurity, agricultural dependency, poverty, rapidly growing urban centres and farmers struggles and resistance especially for land issues. Discourses on rising land acquisition and food security nexus have seriously raised the issue of local level food security. However, there is lack of comprehensive information and need to develop a benchmark (or at least the state of the art) on the issue of transnational pressure on land and its effect on food security.
In this scenario, Consortium for Land Research and Policy Dialogue (COLARP) and National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South as a part of research collaboration are interested to document the state of the art in transnational land pressure in South Asia and therefore planning to organize a South-Asia level symposium on the issue of Transnational Pressure on Land with especial reference to food security. The symposium will focused on bringing empirical cases from both nationally and internationally for collective reflection and learning. Further, it will prioritize the scientific/academic community and their research findings for informed policy decisions. (For detail please see concept note and table of contents )
Final South Asia Symposium
Final Table of Content of Food Security