Emerging and Promising Practices: Securing Range lands through Youth Pastoral Associations. The case of Pastoralist Programme in Tanzania, and selected examples from Africa(Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania)


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Despite a wealth of land-related legislation, policy, frameworks, constitutional rights in most African countries pastoralist that are living in range lands are still considered highly vulnerable in terms of land rights and tenure security. There are different initiatives taken by NGOs active in land securing and planning interventions. Positive lessons can be learned from these initiatives including how the youth have been included. Through a participatory study and the review of various best practices,  this paper documents how youth pastoralist unions and associations in Tanzania, Cameroon and other African countries have been organized, their power strengthened in securing range lands and reopening  livestock routes that connect and sustain range lands in different localities. It builds on evidences including innovative pastoralist collectives; and how they have been able to influence rang land governance by pastoralist themselves.  

The silence over national Land Policy Review process in Tanzania: A call to rethink

By Masalu Luhula

The Tanzania National Land Policy review process needs open national dialogue and the question is whether the process should be revisited and get back to the public to obtain moral authorty. To ensure the dialogue, this paper suggests the use of women and youth movements like Land Rights Monitors (LRMs) and or paralegals initiatives used by various land related Civil Societies like Tanzania Natural Resource Forum, HakiArdhi, Legal Service Facility (LSF) and land alliances or forums initiatives like the Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA) and the National Engagement Strategy (NES) as channels to influence and enhance the dialogue. It is the argument for discussion that, taking back the discussion to the community and in particular women and youth will ensure conviction of assessing progresses and find direction that people want and contribute to Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will finally enhance achieving socio-economic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by all.

The State of Land-Based Investments in Tanzania: A Situational Analysis Report

From mid-2000s Tanzania experienced a significant interest in land-based investments, with foreign investors leasing chunks of land for agriculture, tourism and forest plantations (Kamanga 2008; Locher and Sulle 2013; Sulle 2016). To date, few land-based investments have generated significant incomes for rural communities while others are disputed.



The Government of Finland is commemorating its 100 years of independence this year, 2017. The Embassy has held some events in Tanzania that represent the Government of Finland contribution in Tanzania and areas, which Finland supports as part of its foreign development policy. This tree-planting event commemorates 100 years of Independence of Finland but also celebrates 50 years engagement with the forest sector in Tanzania. For a Finn, trees and forests represent a shelter and value for life but also a basic element of livelihoods and potential for economic prosperity. Planting a tree is a symbol of long term commitment and working for the future generations.

Finland's support to the forest sector in Tanzania has been to promote sustainable forest management by strengthening human resources and institution capacities, legal and regulatory frameworks, forest based industries and livelihoods and transparency, openness and accountability in management of forest resources. We also support promotion of community participation in decision making about the use and management of natural resources. This is a way of ensuring public responsibility on the resource to realize its contributions in national development goals.



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