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We value your expert opinion. Please help us improve the MAST Learning Platform by completing a quick Survey!           USAID’s Land Technology Solutions (LTS) project is seeking your valuable feedback about the MAST (Mobile Applications for Securing Tenure) technology and approach, as well as to improve the MAST Learning Platform website….Read More

Jewelers CAN Trace Their Gold

Gold from Conflict-Free Mines in Congo Sold in US Jewelry Stores By Juliane Kippenberg Associate Director, Children’s Rights Division, Jo Becker Advocacy Director, Children’s Rights Division People in the United States will now be able to buy jewelry made with “conflict-free” gold from Zales and Kay Jewelers, two of the nation’s largest jewelry retailers. The RAGS (Responsible Artisanal…Read More

Reflections from the first international gathering on artisanal and small-scale mining

By Terah U. DeJong, Country Director, Côte d’Ivoire, Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD II) Project What is formalization in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector? Reflections from the first international gathering dedicated to ASM in over a decade. Formalization was a key buzzword at the International Conference on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining…Read More

Peace of Land

Like millions of Colombians, 38-year-old Enrique and his mother Eloisa were forced to flee their farm during the country’s 50-year civil war. The Victims and Land Restitution Law, a spearhead of broader land policies contained in the peace accord signed in late 2016 between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC),…Read More

A Land Behind Time

Since making peace with the FARC in 2016, the Colombian government has pushed rural reform to the forefront of national dialogue by creating a new land administration authority, the National Land Agency, mandated to spearhead land formalization campaigns. Six out of every 10 parcels in Colombia are informally owned. The USAID-funded Ovejas pilot represents one…Read More