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Land Rights and Disputes

Author / Copyright Holder: USAID Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (SAFE) Program
Conflict Scans are designed to build upon deeper analysis of the broad ongoing trends, formulated through a thorough Conflict Assessment. Conflict Assessments before starting our programs in a specific area, Conflict Scans help us stay on track and adapt our strategy; they ensure that implementers and partners continue to do no harm and reduce tensions while responding to the root causes of conflict. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Lisa Inks, Mercy Corps and Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation
In this talk, Lisa Inks discusses a comparative study Mercy Corps is conducting of three types of conflict-affected communities in order to identify the effects of their programs.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Journal of Peacebuilding and Development
JOURNAL OF PEACEBUILDING & DEVELOPMENT Volume 8, No. 2 (2013) EVALUATION IN VIOLENTLY DIVIDED SOCIETIES (VDS): POLITICS, ETHICS AND METHODS Those who work in support of peacebuilding and development initiatives are acutely aware that conflict-affected environments are volatile, unpredictable and fast-changing....
Author / Copyright Holder: Creative Associates International, Center for Strategic & International Studies
This report is an assessment by the Americas Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of the Plan de Consolidacion Integral de la Macarena (PCIM), a project that the government of Colombia is implementing in six municipalities.  First organized in August 2007, the PCIM is now a year and a half old, although it was not fully implemented until late that year....
Author / Copyright Holder: USAID
The purpose of the Rwanda Land Dispute Management Project (LDMP) is to support and strengthen local resolution of land disputes. This effort is particularly appropriate now because the Government of Rwanda (GoR) is piloting a process for formalizing land rights, with the goal of eventually formalizing land rights nationwide....
Author / Copyright Holder: Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps recently undertook a study to explore the links between conflict and drought resilience among pastoralists in Southern Ethiopia. The research provides strong evidence of the contributions of Mercy Corps peacebuilding programming to pastoralists’ abilities to productively cope with and adapt to the recent drought....
Author / Copyright Holder: USAID
Covering 36 million square kilometers, or roughly 30 percent of the globe, the world's forests are among its most important natural resources. However, forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. Competition for these resources can trigger, exacerbate and finance numerous crises and conflicts in developing countries. This toolkit is designed to raise awareness about the linkages among timber, forest management, and conflict; and to help officers integrate a conflict perspective into their development programming. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: USAID
People have fought over land since the beginning of recorded history. Population growth and environmental stresses have exacerbated the perception of land as a dwindling resource, tightening the connection between land and violent conflict. Land can also be a critical element in peace-building and economic reconstruction in post-conflict situations. This toolkit provides a practical introduction to the relationship between land and violent conflict, whether we are talking about how land issues function as causal or aggravating factor s in conflict, or whether we are thinking about land issues that arise in post-conflict settings. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Search for Common Ground, Nepal
Search for Common Ground conducted a survey to assess the baseline for an upcoming initiative in Nepal, ‘The Peacebuilding Initiative (TPI)’. The TPI program, which promotes consensus building among a variety of stakeholders, is comprised of two main components, dialogue with key stakeholders, youth and woman as well as a media program....
Author / Copyright Holder: Joost Van Der Zwan
The 2008 global spike in food prices that caused widespread riots and instability and the recent predictions of another global food crisis highlight the urgency of establishing sustainable food systems, especially in Africa. However, sustainable food systems can only be created if there are coherent and comprehensive approaches to land rights, land policy and land governance....
Author / Copyright Holder: Search for Common Ground
Community radio stations face several obstacles that threaten both their operations and engagement in democratic development.  However, there are models of successful community radios in Liberia, and upon closer inspection there is evidence of long-term planning, accountability mechanisms and innovative management strategies.  There are programs aimed at attracting community revenue and local advertisers, station managers who have identified alternative resources for capacity building, and national networks created for advocacy.  This case study, carried out by Search for Common Ground in February 2009, explores exactly how these community radios are sustaining themselves, thereby revealing how the  appropriate interventions aimed at increasing community radio’s stability can be identified and their growth incorporated into the development agenda....
Author / Copyright Holder: Grant Gordon
Search for Common Ground’s refugee programming in the DRC underwent two evaluations in 2008: an internal evaluation with support from the United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in August and September 2008; and an external evaluation by UNHCR in September and October 2008. The objective of these evaluations was to assess the effectiveness of SFCG’s programming in fostering peaceful repatriation, including whether it is culturally appropriate for the region and effective in shifting behavioural norms in the short-term. Primarily, the studies attempted to evaluate the success of radio programming and theatrical performances in their capacity to: Provide information to refugees, returnees and residents about the repatriation process to dispel rumours and enable informed decisions to be made Foster dialogue and collaborative approaches to conflict between returnees and residents in the zones of return. It should be noted that data is subject to the historical moment and specific context of survey sites....
Author / Copyright Holder: Jason Gehrig with Mark Rogers
A conceptual and practical framework for water development practitioners, civil society peacebuilders, and human rights advocates seeking to integrate water and peacebuilding in their work. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Mercy Corps
This case study is part of a USAID-funded research grant that examines the relationship between economic development and stability. In many parts of the world, Mercy Corps implements programs that combine economic development and peacebuilding. The Evaluation and Assessment of Poverty and Conflict Interventions project – implemented between July 2009 and December 2010 – had three main objectives: 1) to develop indicators and data collection tools that measure the impact of programs at the intersection of peacebuilding and economic development; 2) to field test these indicators and tools in three countries; and 3) to begin to assess several theories of change that inform Mercy Corps’ programs....
Author / Copyright Holder: Mercy Corps
The USAID/CMM-funded Building Bridges to Peace (BBP) program sought to address the key causes of conflict in and around northern Karamoja by engaging communities in inter-group dialogues and joint livelihoods projects that build mutual interest and promote reconciliation....
Author / Copyright Holder: Search for Common Ground
As a response to the effects of the post-election violence in Kenya in December 2007, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and Media Focus on Africa (MFA) developed and produced a TV and radio drama, The Team – an episodic series which asks a central question: can Kenyans find ways to put the past behind them in order to have a better future? The series presents a microcosm of Kenyan society in which members of a fictional football team, who come from different ethnic groups and social classes, are challenged to overcome their fears and biases so that they can see one another as individuals not as members of “the other.” The central metaphor for the players – and for Kenya – is: If they do not cooperate, they will not score goals, and they will lose....
Author / Copyright Holder: Search for Common Ground
In 2007, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), with financial support from the United States Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), launched the twelve-month project, Mass Information In Support of Congolese and Burundian Refugees....
Author / Copyright Holder: Search for Common Ground
This external evaluation was conducted in October 2010 at the end of the two-year “Promoting locally-driven transformation and collaborative action in Burundi” project funded by the United States Agency for International Development. The project aimed to promote constructive political dialogue between and among parliamentarians and their constituents on issues of local and national concern, and foster dialogue and collaborative approaches to conflict between returnees and residents in return zones....