Date August 31, 2019
Implementor CTIDD, in collaboration with GTCRR, CFLEDD, DYGEDD and REPALEF
Funding Amount $38,674
Objective: Advocate for the respect and securitization of the rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples throughout the land use planning reform process in DRC.
Evidence of Achievement:
-Successfully established a permanent space of dialogue between government and civil society organizations on the land use planning reform process,
-Prepared and submitted position notes on securing land use, management, and ownership rights of local communities and indigenous peoples through the land use planning reform process,
-Established a CSO common taskforce for a coordinated engagement of CSO on the land use planning reform process.
-The Ministry of Land Use Planning expressed the political will to incorporate CSO recommendations from the technical notes into the land use planning policy document.
Date May 8, 2018 - December 15, 2018
Implementor Social Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SESDev)
Funding Amount $49,473
The original intent of this SRM was for the Civil Society Oil Palm Working Group (CSO-OPWG) of Liberia to monitor the decision of the RSPO complaints panel against Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) for violating community rights. However, shortly after the SRM began, GVL suspended its RSPO membership and the objective of the plan was shifted to focus on monitoring GVL’s sustainability action plan instead. Although the CSO-OPWG was barred from the drafting of the GVL sustainability action plan and struggled to monitor it due to non-transparent implementation by the company, critical community awareness was raised on the matter.
Under the leadership of Social Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development, the CSO-OPWG informed communities and the government both of the complaints brought against GVL, as well as the RSPO decision against GVL. It also informed communities of GVL’s intended sustainability action plan. Furthermore, the CSO-OPWG held training sessions for complainant communities on effective monitoring techniques to use for both the RSPO decision and GVL’s sustainability action plan. The CSO-OPWG also published a full monitoring report on the sustainability action plan.
Date February 6 - June 30, 2018
Country Central African Republic
Implementor Center for Environmental Information and Sustainable Development (CIEDD)
Funding Amount $32,323
This year, the government of Central African Republic announced its decision to draft a new land law, as the current legal framework centers on outdated laws from 1899, 1960, and 1964. With this crucial legislative opening, CIEDD used the SRM to solicit community feedback and secure women’s, indigenous peoples’, and local communities’ rights within the new framework. Furthermore, CIEDD, established a network of parliamentarians (REPAR-CAR) to monitor the drafting and to champion the law within the government.
Thanks to the SRM, CIEDD was able to relaunch the land reform advocacy that had previously been undertaken by civil society but had stalled due to blocks and delays by the government. Significant progress was made in evaluating and responding to the proposed draft law first by hiring a consultant to analyze the draft, and then through consultation meetings with communities. Moreover, CIEDD will present a position note on the integration of women’s, communities’, and indigenous peoples’ rights in the new law to the government.
Date February 28 - December 7, 2018
Implementor Forest Peoples Programme (FPP)
Funding Amount $64,919
In response to forced evictions of the Sengwer peoples and risk of eviction of Ogiek communities in Kenya, FPP used the SRM to substantially reduce the threat to these communities and securing the recognition of customary tenure through the implementation of Kenya’s recent legal developments and enforcing EU policies requiring human rights-based development cooperation. To do so FPP pursued domestic and regional (EACJ) judicial openings, obtained community title access for Sengwer and Ogiek communities, and advocated for the suspension of the EU WaTER project until it is restructured to protect the rights of implicated communities. Besides legal advocacy, FPP also utilized strategic dialogue, pursued a communications/media campaign, and mobilized communities for outreach.
Though the Sengwer and Ogiek cases have advanced toward securing court rulings that protect communities from violence and secure their rights to customary lands, all have yet to be decided (decisions are imminent- 2019). Building on the adoption of the Bungoma County Forest Act, a strong alliance of forest dwellers and pastoralists was also formed (CLAN) to engage in community-county dialogues to support community tenure-based approaches to forest conservation including mapping customary lands, registering land claims, and applying for community land titles.
Date June 1 - October 1, 2018
Implementor Coalition of Women Leaders for the Environment and for Sustainable Development (CFLEDD)
Funding Amount $35,000
In 2018, the government of the DRC announced its intentions to revise its Forest Code and threatened to lift the moratorium on forest concessions. Using the SRM, CFLEDD sought to create and implement a strategic advocacy and consensual action plan for use by civil society groups to secure their inclusion and participation in these processes. This was created with input from approximately 115 civil society members. CFLEDD also recruited three consultants to write technical notes on the Congolese Forest Policy, Forest Code revisions, the lifting of the forest moratorium, and the place of transversal themes and rights of local populations and civil society throughout these processes.
These policy notes were then validated at national level workshops and formatted into brochures for wider public distribution. The information is formatted so that it is easier for communities to understand. CFLEDD also had exchanges with FONAREDD and the Congolese parliament to validate the technical notes. As a result of this activity and cooperation with administrative institutions, civil society and communities are much more strongly implicated in the advocacy process for the forest governance policies.
Date October 17 - 31, 2018
Implementor Inclusive Development International (IDI)
Funding Amount $49,975
The objective of IDI’s SRM in Kitinian, Guinea was to support mediation between the mining company AngloGold Ashanti and the communities that were forcibly displaced because of the extension of the company’s mining operations. To do so, IDI hosted a four-day negotiation training and preparation workshop for 21 community representatives in which participants mapped a timeline of their interactions with AngloGold Ashanti, and better organized their requests and organization tactics. For community members to negotiate with AngloGold Ashanti from a position of strength, IDI led intensive capacity building and evidence collection efforts.
In total, IDI mobilized a petition of complainants with 300 signatures and spent some 90 hours in dialogue with the company in both pre-mediation meetings and formal sessions. As a result, there is a preliminary agreement between parties to address water access at the current resettlement site. Mediations have continued past the project end date, with the most recent session taking place on November 26th, 2018. In this session, the complainants hoped to address infrastructure issues, company transparency, compensation for loss of assets and income, and human rights abuses by the company.