TNRF's diary from knowledge to action: Experience with the Community Land Initiative

While villagers still struggle with using current legal frameworks to access land rights in Tanzania, the government plans to trigger yet another revised national land law. Our team learnt how to help communities make the most of the upcoming legislation. 

In Nyeri, Kenya a community land protection-learning initiative teaches land activists, including two of us from the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) how to help villages access and secure lands using varied approaches.

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World Council of Churches - WCC

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TNRF attending WCC
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Tanzania Natural Resource Forum is attending World Council of Churches - WCC Event held in Arusha, Ngurudoto where it is participating as among many Civil Society Organization in Tanzania and Africa that advocates, publish and research on; natural resource governance on; land tenure rights, gender and accountability, responsible investments in land; issues on climate change, community based natural resource management, wildlife and various aspect on natural resource rights and governance.
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Tanzania: multiple stakeholders debate land governance challenges

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Tanzania is currently reviewing its national land policy. To better enrich the process, the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) is encouraging inclusive participation of multiple stakeholders via public debates and discussions at all levels. 

TNRF, an ILC member first supported multi-actors discussions at district levels, before collaborating with the NES process in Tanzania and Policy Forum to set up a national debate on the issue.

From researchers, academia, land and gender experts, to government officials, civil society and the private sector, over 40 stakeholders gathered at the British Council in Dar es Salaam, on November 24th 2017 and discussed land challenges and opportunities to strengthen the new policy in making.

The debate focused on people centred land governance and I talked about possible solutions to protect rights of the poor and vulnerable including women, while Dr Stephen Nindi, Director for the National Land Use Plan Commission (NLUPC) discussed the contribution of land use plan in the protection of community land and for the enhancement of land governance

 

NES Monitoring Visit in Kilombero and Kilwa

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The National Engagement Strategy (NES) in Tanzania (NES) is a national strategy employed by Members of the International Land Coalition (ILC) that aims to promote People Centred Land Governance (PCLG), bringing about transformation in land governance at country level. The NES approach is to work towards two main outcomes: a) The setting-up of a multi-stakeholder platform on land governance for policy dialogue and knowledge sharing; and b) A country strategy for engagement on land governance developed and agreed upon by all actors involved. 

On 28th of August last year (2017), members of the Land Based working group identified areas for monitoring which includes Kilolo, Mvomero, Kilwa, Ngorongoro and Kilombero. From 16th to 27th of October, 2017, Members of the LBWG through TNRF conducted the first project Monitoring visit in the areas. This was followed by the District multi-stakeholders Forums in Kilolo, Kilombero, Mvomero and Kilwa District putting emphasis on investment that take into regards people centred land governance. Out of these activities the findings demanded further monitoring of the areas due to their investment challenges. In that case, members of the LBWG through TNRF undertook monitoring in Kilwa and Kilombero from 25th to 31st of January, 2018. .

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