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It’s impressive that you are getting ideas from this piece of writing as well as
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I have just joined Land Portal and I have sent your letter of support for Ekta Parishad’s proposals to India’s land reform agenda.

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hace 1 año 18 semanas

PAKISTAN, HYDERABAD, APRIL 17: Despite general elections are coming close, major political parties have not incorporated farmers’ due rights in their fresh manifestos as majority of their leaders are landlords and remain in assemblies.
This was informed at a seminar organized by Sindh Agriculture and Forestry Workers Coordinating Organization (SAFWCO) in collaboration with Oxfam GB and Grow Campaign at Hyderabad Press Club here on Wednesday to mark the International Day for Peasants Struggle being observed in Pakistan like other parts of the world today.
Speaking at the seminar, Suleman G Abro, SAFWCO President said that it was British government which sold lands to feudal lords in region so as to strengthen its power. He said that farmers’ movement should join world struggles to get their due rights, otherwise rights could not be achieved.
Abro said that Sufi Shah Inayat fought for farmers’ rights and even sacrificed his life for their cause in Mughal Rule in Sindh. He said that land reforms brought by former Pakistan President Ayub Khan and ex-prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto were useless, because former dictator Zia-ul-Haq get them declared as against Shariat. Hence, there is need to bring new land reforms besides boosting agriculture sector.
He said that in 2001, former president Pervez Musharraf allowed corporate farming in the country which is very harmful for farmers. “Through corporate farming, foreign companies will sell crop productions to other countries at their will and this will cause food insecurity in the country,” he said.
He said that climate change is also badly affecting Sindh, causing floods and water scarcity. Salinity and water logging have also degraded soil of Sindh which needs to be eliminated. He stressed the need to introduce fresh land reforms and effective land use policy to boost agriculture sector. He said that passage of Tenancy Amendment Act Bill is not in favor of farmers because amendment in it would provide benefit to landlords only. We should rewrite draft of this Act again and present it in assembly for legislation.
Waheed Jamali, SAFWCO representative, said that 75 billion tons of fertile land disappears in world each year, while 70 to 80 percent land is deforested during this time, which is the matter of great concern. He said that farmers are being deprived of their rights in the country. Corporate pressure is harming farmers’ community in Sindh because the governments are bent upon commercializing nature and lands of farmers. He said that sell of Dingi and Bhandar islands in Karachi is the result of corporate pressure which needs to be ended with immediate effect. He paid rich tribute to farmers community leaders who rendered sacrifices for rights of farmers. Jamali called for joint efforts to get rights of farmers and bring fresh land reforms in the country.
Punhal Sario,Chairman Sindh Hari Porhiat Counil, said that country needs drastic agriculture reforms under which farmers should be given their rights snatched by landlords. He said that Hyder Bux Jatoi who was the chief of Hari Committee in the past strongly fought for the rights of farmers, so we should also continue struggle like him. He said that feudal system is still available in Sindh and nefarious acts are being continued to strengthen it. He said that under Tenancy Act, only Rs500 fine could be imposed against any landlord for beating and committing any other atrocities on him, which is great injustice.
Noted social leader Jam Saki said that there was no feudal system before British Rule. The British rulers distributed land among traitors of this land in a bid to strengthen rule.
He said we should make joint efforts for bringing amendments in Tenancy Act for good of farmers. He stressed the need to create social societies in the country to resolve farmers’ issues amicably.
Nasir Aziz, Actionaid leader, said that it is fact that all farmers’ movement took birth from Sindh, which is a great omen. He said that we should struggle for rights of farmers. “Women should also be provided ownership rights on land,” he urged. The government should distribute land among women farmers.
Jami Chandio, Executive Director CPCS, said that political parties have not incorporated farmers’ rights in their manifestos and they were mere eyewash. He lauded the farmers’ struggle for their rights and paid rich tribute to Sufi Shah Inayat for sacrificing his life while struggling for the rights of peasants.
He said that 62 percent farmers in Sindh are landless, while there are few which posses less than five acres of land. The women don’t have right on lands which is matter of great concern. He said that on this day, all farmer movements should make a renewed commitment to activate their struggles for getting their rights snatched by feudal lords. It is pity that farmers’ issues are not raised in parliaments, while media also ignore these issues.
Taj Marri, Coordinator Bhandar Sangat, lashed out at government for passing Sindh Tenancy Act (Amendment) Bill without incorporating proposals of farmers. He called for again amending the Act for farmers’ welfare. He said that farmers are being deprived of their rights in Sindh but they would continue their struggle till getting rights.
Rafiq Tunio, General Manager, SAFWCO, said that this day is of farmers, fishermen and laborers, who provide food to population of the country. He paid glowing tribute to farmers’ leaders and activists striving for their rights. He thanked Oxfam GB and other notables for participating in the program and vowed that struggle for farmers would be continued.
Nobahar of PILER and Shah Jehan of Actionaid also spoke on the occasion. Later, question answer session was also held in which participants from farmers community and civil society raised question about farmers issues. They also urged the government to come forward and resolve issues facing peasants, besides bringing drastic agriculture reforms across the country.

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hace 1 año 22 semanas

Thanks for your Land Portal March Newsletter. It was there that I learnt a paper ‘Connecting people, sharing knowledge, increasing transparency’ had been finalized.

We were asked to address the question “For the collaborative online platforms you have used, what have been the advantages and drawbacks? What suggestions do you have to improve them?” I think my most recent experience in this very online discussion is illustrative of the need for a new design in online platforms.…

 I hope my further feedback might help advance the cause of empowering people by “Sharing information and fostering dialogue”.

 My comment before the final paper was “Turning conversation into action then depends on ‘leadership’” was not at all meant to uphold leadership, but, as might now be seen by reviewing the context, to decry that dependency, to point out that it is built into existing online platforms like this one, and that it is actually disempowering for all but leaders – not at all good for women or any other oppressed landless people.

 However, in the final paper, my input has become “with reasonable expectations about the degree to which online dialogue can add new insights to a policy process, and a recognition that ‘turning conversation into action depends on leadership’ (LP Dialogue, 2013) it can play a part of government strategies to consult and engage in relation to land governance.”

 It was largely my own failure to communicate my point, but just as I don’t blame anybody else for this outcome, I don’t blame myself either. The platform itself played the most important part in this, and the purpose of this conversation is understanding the nature of an online platform and how they do or don’t work, right?

 So let’s look at the way the online platform worked here – or rather didn’t work.

 As I said, I learned of the finalized paper in the Newsletter, not from any inbuilt notification function on the platform. This points to one programming defect which could be solved with inbuilt auto notifications.

 Half way through the conversation process, apparently on her own good initiative, Sabine gave some early feed back with a synthesis of contributions to date. That gave opportunity for further comment or clarifications – but it was at her initiative.

 Even if a synthesis was part of some internal policy or process, it was not built in to the platform itself. It should be, and that could be addressed by a programming function.

 There was no subsequent synthesis before the final paper was posted. The reason such exclusion of contributors could happen is that the online discussion platform is of a design that doesn’t protect against something so disempowering happening. In fact it actually requires that at some point, some individual has to end the conversation and then present their own interpretation to their own leader, and so on up the chain until all but one are disempowered - the World Bank perhaps which asked for (and gets) submissions from left right and centre. Keeping all participants engaged, including eventually the world bank is a programming issue that could be addressed.

 Now some will say that unless someone takes the lead and decides when to conclude a conversation and to compose a plan, nothing will ever happen – or it will take so long to agree that it will frustrate everybody. But such a response is defensive of the status quo rather than being open to the idea of a platform design that would address the problems that I hope are evident. Moving the conversation along, keeping it on track towards an action or outcome within a timeframe can all be dealt with by programming rather than by the appointment of or submission to a leader.

 The first step towards a better platform is to take on board such clear problems of existing platforms.

 I would like to keep you posted on the progress of my own effort at a better platform for discussion, collaboration and action, but clearly recognising the dynamics is key to understanding the essential online design features.


Chris Baulman


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hace 1 año 25 semanas

This  comment is on behalf of Dana Barón - CINEP/Programa por la Paz


 ¿Qué ejemplos concretos sobre monitoreo de derechos de la mujeres a la tierra desearía compartir que otros puedan considerar útiles?

En Colombia existen diversas experiencias de mujeres campesinas, víctimas del conflicto armado, indígenas y afrodescedientes que vale la pena destacar. Una de ellas es la Mesa de incidencia política de mujeres rurales colombianas. Esta Mesa es un colectivo que agrupa organizaciones de carácter nacional y regional cuyo propósito es impulsar acciones de incidencia frente a las políticas para las mujeres rurales. La integran organizaciones de mujeres y organizaciones mixtas con trayectoria en la lucha por la defensa de derechos humanos, los derechos de las mujeres y los derechos del campesinado. El espacio propende por lograr la visibilización de las mujeres rurales colombianas como actoras políticas dentro de la sociedad colombiana. Igualmente, apuesta por incidir en la reglamentación de la Ley 731 de 2002 de Mujeres Rurales, que pese a haber sido aprobada hace años no ha sido implementada. Otras de las líneas de acción son: fortalecer y posibilitar la articulación entre las diversas organizaciones de mujeres rurales de Colombia, la defensa de la economía campesina, posicionar el mandato agrario a nivel nacional y fortalecer las mesas regionales de mujeres.

En aras de contribuir en el monitoreo de los derechos de las mujeres rurales en Colombia, participaron en el Informe de Desarrollo Humano del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo- PNUD 2011, en el que hay un capítulo dedicado a las mujeres campesinas, negras e indígenas. Cuentan además con una página web que es el mecanismo de comunicación para la divulgación de información y de acciones, y de articulación con otras redes y organizaciones de mujeres y campesinas.·

 ¿Qué ha aprendido de sus logros o errores que le gustaría compartir con otros en una comunidad en línea sobre gobernanza de la tierra?

Uno de los aprendizajes en términos comunicativos tiene que ver con la necesidad de democratizar el acceso y uso de las tecnologías de información y comunicación, en particular, facilitar a las mujeres su participación, movilización, articulación e incidencia a través de éstas herramientas, dado que por motivos geográficos, económicos, culturales, sociales, entre otros, las mujeres no cuentan con la posibilidad de hacer uso de dichos instrumentos.·  

¿En qué medida pueden las plataformas colaborativas en línea contribuir a la apertura de datos?  ¿Puede compartir con nosotros un ejemplo?

La contribución de estas plataformas a la apertura de datos puede contribuir en varios aspectos, teniendo en cuenta  que los hombres y las mujeres han tenido diferentes niveles de acceso y control sobre los recursos y las oportunidades. Por un lado, en el ejercicio de los derechos y los procesos de participación de las mujeres. En este sentido, aporta en la divulgación y construcción de información, conocimiento y experiencias de las mujeres y sus procesos organizativos. Por otro lado, contribuye a los procesos de liderazgo y organizativos en la medida en la que permite conocer y comunicarse con otras experiencias individuales, organizativas e institucionales; también concertar acciones conjuntas que les permitan articularse y llevar a cabo procesos de movilización y participación de exigibilidad, promoción y defensa de los derechos de las mujeres, en particular acciones de incidencia en la opinión pública. Otras de las contribuciones, tiene que ver con la visibilización de los aportes al desarrollo que realizan las mujeres día a día.·  

¿Cuáles han sido las ventajas y desventajas que encuentra en las plataformas colaborativas en línea que ha utilizado? ¿Qué sugerencias tiene para mejorarlas?

Una de las ventajas es que se permite la participación sin exclusiones geográficas, económicas, culturales y sociales a las mujeres y en ese sentido, aporta en la apropiación de las tecnologías y la democratización del conocimiento por parte de las mujeres, más aún de las campesinas, víctimas, indígenas y afrodescendientes. Así mismo, en la medida en que se generen las condiciones para ello, estas plataformas permiten la diversidad, la innovación y la cooperación de actores, opiniones y acciones.

Sin embargo, persisten algunas condiciones particulares de las mujeres que pueden significar desventajas. Una de ellas es el nivel de alfabetización y formación en tecnologías de información y comunicación, junto con el acceso a medios informáticos que permitan la participación de las mujeres en estas plataformas. Estos niveles de formación de las mujeres en términos de alfabetización y del uso de tecnologías de información y comunicación, podría reducirse con el apoyo de otras entidades u organizaciones que puedan contribuir en este sentido.

Otro de los factores tiene que ver con las capacidades económicas y geográficas que permitan el acceso y control de estas plataformas, dado que una importante proporción de las mujeres rurales no cuentan con los recursos económicos suficientes y/o se encuentran en lugares alejados de aquellos en los que se ubican los equipos necesarios para hacer uso de las plataformas.

A esto se suman los obstáculos culturales y sociales, como por ejemplo el lenguaje y los imaginarios alrededor de la diversidad cultural y los estereotipos de género, etnia y clase que aún persisten en los procesos comunicativos.

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hace 1 año 25 semanas

Discussion closed


Dear all,

This discussion is now closed. We would like to thank you all for your participation and valuable comments. In few days we will be posting the discussion synthesis which will try to capture the richness of your contributions.

As anticipated, results of this discussion will also be included into a paper to be presented at the annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, to be held in Washington DC from April 8-11 2013. 


Looking forward to having you again in our forums.

Visit the Portal to stay up to date with our latest news, events and publications.

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hace 1 año 26 semanas

Synthesis 3 – February 15-20

Dear all,

thanks for such an interesting discussion! You can find all the contributions received in the proceedings, and soon there will be a brief synthesising main points. Questions of the consultation were not so easy to be addressed, as they requested both ICTs and women’s land rights experts to challenge their own acquired expertise and explore collaboration.

Even if a number of projects and dialogues are on-going worldwide on this topic, at different levels, under the umbrella of ICT4D (information and communications technologies for development), it is clear that there are still some gaps to be bridged (including a urban/rural gap) and a lot of potential to be explored, tested, and documented, including failures.

We received very thoughtful contributions, addressing various sub-topics, and highlighting:

• difficulties in carrying out effective and genuinely participatory on-line debates, with a concrete immediate or longer-term impact, either on advocacy/policy, or on the ground;

• the immense challenges of bringing the potential of on-line platforms to rural communities, and even more to rural women;

• the risk of watered-down definitions, robustness and consistency of data gathered through crowd-sourcing;

• the need to create services concretely useful for local land users, by being context-specific, geographically located, and very practical, and by ensuring local ownership and engagement, and participatory assessment of local information needs.

At the same time, a number of examples have been mentioned that are worth-studying, especially those from FrontlineSMS, who mentioned a case study about monitoring – through crowd-sourced information sent through SMS - palm oil extraction in Indonesia  and forestry conservation in Cambodia . I do invite you to read more from these resources, as well as from the “gender mapper” (, an attempt developed by IFPRI and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to crowd source basic gender patterns of farming systems.

The discussion has been lively:

• Chris Baulman, from landrights4all, reinforced his previous post and advocated for going very “local”.

• Gine Zwart, from OXFAM, highlighted challenges in running on-line discussions, which can be very labour-intensive. She also raised some very relevant issues on who actually participate in on-line discussions and for which reason.

• Tim Davies, from Open Development, identified key issues from previous posts, including the importance of the right timescale for an on-line dialogue and some lack of confidence to comment that may impede broader participation. He also raised probably the most serious question: building to what? Participation increases if participants perceive the discussion as relevant and actually addressing a concrete problem.

• Amy O’Donnell, from FrontlineSMS, mentioned the very interesting projects I described above, and brought in an issue that is still relevant i.e. the gap between mobile services and the net, and the power of SMS.

• Sandra Apaza, from ILC America Latina, shed some light on the gendered patterns in access to and use of ICTs (25% less among women, meaning 200 million in the world!). Sandra, this is a very interesting topic. Are research papers assessing the impact of such a gap in women’s livelihoods available?

• Ruth Meinzen-Dick, from IFPRI, put on the table the critical issue of reliability, robustness, and consistency of data in crowd-sourcing exercises. This is - again - crucial, especially when over data (or over the lack of data) advocacy and policy strategies are built. She also mentioned the IFPRI toolkit on qualitative and quantitative methods to measure assets, (I invite you to download it here: ) and the Gender Mapper project – including some challenges encountered.

• Chiara Novarik presented some IFPRI work on monitoring women’s land rights and highlighted the need to measure also decision-making/control over assets to fully capture gender issues in land governance. Chiara, I look forward to reading your paper! Does it collect information over decision-making at household level or also decision-making in broader land governance? Is it based on the WAEI?

• Natalia Vaccarezza, from the World Bank, provided some thoughtful thinking on the impact SMS or Twitter had in civic participation in urban areas in the States.

• Angela Hariche, from OECD, Salema, and Estelle Loiseau, from Wikigender, further discussed the power of wiki-platforms to ensure quality control; the idea that online platforms take work and money; and the role SMS services can play to reach rural communities.

Thanks again for such stimulating debate! A synthesis of main points touched upon by participants will be available soon on this page. We also encourage you to use the Land Portal to host your discussions.

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hace 1 año 26 semanas

How do we bridge the digital divide and tap into the broad reach and greater accessibility of mobile technologies?

Various people have flagged the issue of lack of access to computers and the internet, particularly for women in the Global South. This is undoubtedly a primary limitation for using online platforms to promote inclusive consultations on land governance and other issues impacting poverty and development. At the same time, the full potential of mobile phones and text messaging as means for sending and receiving information - given their wide-scale prevalence and lower costs – has not been reached.

There is an interesting example of using Twitter for improved city governance. In 2009, the city of San Francisco established the Twitter account @SF311, through which residents can communicate with the city and submit service needs. The advantages of this approach are many, in that it offers a simple, immediate, direct and very public channel for communication with the local government. Could twitter or other technologies similarly be used to increase transparency and accountability on land governance – perhaps by allowing people to communicate through SMS, and by bringing these interactions into a public space? The fact that twitter can be accessed using SMS leads me to consider how this technology could be better utilized as a communication tool on land governance.

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