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  • Announcing a High Level Learning Exchange Workshop on Land, Natural Resources and Conflict in Kigali, 15-16 November 2016.

    A High Level Learning Exchange on Land, Natural Resources and Conflict will take place at Serena Kigali Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda from 15th to 16th November 2016. The learning exchange targets senior UN officials including Resident Coordinators, Special Representatives of the Secretary General, Deputy Special Representatives of the Secretary General, Chiefs of Staff from the GLR countries and Special Envoys from the Great Lakes Region (GLR). Approximately, 30 participants will attend the event; with equal representation from GLR countries. The Resident Coordinators are invited to attend and to nominate a relevant person from the UN Country Team in their country to attend the event along with them. The conveners of the Workshop are UN-Habitat (Land and GLTN Unit), UN Department of Political Affairs (UNDPA), UNDP and UNEP.

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     Aim and objectives of the learning exchange

    The overall aim of this event is to further capacitate senior UN officials in the GLR to attain the land and natural resources outcomes outlined in the Nairobi Declaration and Great Lakes UNCTs Strategic Framework 2016-17.  The Learning objectives are: 1). an improved understanding of key concepts, approaches and strategies to address land, conflict and natural resources issues; 2). a better appreciation of how land and natural resources are linked to conflicts and how could be addressed to contribute to peace and stability; 3. Clearer picture of priority challenges and opportunities at country level; and, an 4). improved understanding on how to do root cause analysis and planning on land, natural resources and conflict at both country and regional levels.

    The Main issues that will be covered

    • How to better engage the UN on land and conflict (UN comparative advantage, conflict and root cause analysis, Secretary-General’s Guidance Note on Land and Conflict) 
    • How and what to program for land in the UNDAF and other UN processes (e.g. peacekeeping, peacebuilding)
    • Land, natural resources and conflict (extractives, protected areas, climate change). UNDG ECHA Guidance Note on Natural Resource Management in Transition Settings. DPA and UNEP Natural Resources and Conflict: A Guide for Mediation Practitioners.
    • Land, displacement, migration and conflict;
    • Customary tenure, conflict, displacement and resettlement;
    • Using land policy processes, mediation and evidence for early warning and prevention, and;
    • Key normative tools and policy options

     The Main Expected Output is increased capacity of senior UN officials in the GLR to attain the land and natural resources outcomes outlined in the Nairobi Declaration and Great Lakes UNCTs Strategic Framework 2016-17.  

  • Call for Expression of Interest for Organizations to Undertake a Study on Conflict in the Context of Large Scale Land Acquisitions

    EOI Orgs Land Conf and large scale investments

    Date of publication: 2 February 2017

    Deadline for submission: 6 March 2017

     Through the Land and Conflict Coalition, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) invites organizations and institutions to submit Expressions of Interestin undertaking a study on  Conflict in the context of large scale land acquisitions. The primary objective of the Study is to analyze how land based investments contribute to conflict, violent conflict and social destabilization in selected countries and provide recommendations on how to prevent, mitigate and address such risks in the short, medium and long term. The study is central to the ongoing work of the Land and Conflict Coalition, established in November 2015 with funding support from the Swiss Development Cooperation, to address the various articulations of the land and conflict challenges across the conflict cycle: from prevention, to humanitarian response and development; through coordinated efforts between the UN system and non-UN actors (see Annex 2 in the Terms of Reference).

    This call is limited to Organizations and Institutions only. Each must fulfil the following requirements:

    1. Must be registered as non-profit organisation (Certificate must be provided);
    2. Have published research in comparable fields of expertise (Publications’ list should be annexed to the submission);
    3. Have activities in the relevant thematic areas; and 
    4. Be able to produce narrative and financial reports of their activities for the past two years.

    Submissions Process:

    Your Expression of Interest submission should include the following:

    1.            A portfolio of the organisation that includes a description of the overall experience of the organization in carrying out research in comparable fields (max 4 pages);

    2.            A proposal on how to carry out the Study, including: (1) Proposed structure of the Study (e.g. Annotated Table of Contents; (2) methodology to be used (e.g. desk reviews, consultations, field work, etc.); (3) Work plan, including timeframe, budget and in-kind contributions to be made by the submitting organisation (e.g. contribution in terms of staff time, equipment and logistical support; internal review of the Study; etc.); and (4) Any other information considered relevant. The proposal should not exceed 6-10 pages.

    3.            The CVs of the person(s) to lead the Study;

    Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 6th March 2017 to Ombretta Tempra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    The detailed terms of reference are attached below. We would appreciate it if you can also share this call widely within your network.

    Dowload the Terms of Reference 


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