USAID Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) Annual Research Symposium

Event | Online

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The USAID Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) Annual Research Symposium will showcase academic research and field experience in Zambia related to land tenure and natural resource management over the course of four weeks (Wednesdays and Thursdays from 13:00 – 15:00 CAT). The presentations with Q & A will be entirely virtual through the Zoom platform (assistance with Internet connection is available.)


Registration for the symposium is now open. Registration is not required to view the symposium but is requested in order to participate in the discussion.


Each week 4-5 presentations + discussion will focus on the following thematic issues:

    • 6 October: Opening and Government Context on Land and Resource Policy in Zambia
    • 7-8 October: State and Customary Land Governance
    • 14-15 October: Land Documentation and Administration
    • 21-22 October: Natural Resource Management
    • 28-29 October: Integrated Development Planning


The opening session is Tuesday, October 6 at 13:00 CAT (7:00 ET). You can join this session and all subsequent symposium sessions by clicking the link below:

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Webinar: Community Based Natural Resource Management in Zambia: Critical Issues and New Opportunities

Event | Online

Zambia is rich in natural resources, with vast forests, wetlands, and diverse wildlife populations. Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) is central to conservation and rural development in Zambia, in seeking to generate incentives and greater economic value for local communities from forests and wildlife. Important changes have taken place in Zambia in recent years, including the passage of the 2015 Forests Act, which provides new mechanisms for community forest management and is spurring establishment of community forests in different parts of the country. Policy reforms and field-level experiments are also creating potential opportunities in wildlife management and conservation approaches.

This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about policy and legal reforms, and innovative efforts in the field, to advance CBNRM in Zambia. It will share findings from a new review produced by Maliasili and the USAID-funded Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) program, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy Africa Program. Speakers will include representatives from key government agencies and civil society organizations working on CBNRM in Zambia, including those implementing CBNRM in the field and working on policy reforms.


Forestry Department
Patricia Mupeta-Muyamwa
The Nature Conservancy Africa Program

Jassiel Msoka

Rodgers Lubilo
Frankfurt Zoological Society

Hassan Sachedina
BioCarbon Partners (TBC)

Bupe Banda
Zambia National Community Resources
Boards Association

Fred Nelson

Ian Robinson
Wildlife Producers Association of Zambia


Gender-based Violence and Environment Linkages: Key Issues and Strategies for Change

Event | Online

Join IUCN, USAID, and other partners for the first in a series of webinars and presenting AGENT research and key findings on linkages related to:

  • Access and control of land and natural resources (e.g., fisheries, agriculture, water and energy)
  • Environmental pressures and threats (e.g., disasters, climate change, environmental crimes)
  • Crucial strategies for safeguards and other interventions

And introducing the grantees of RISE , USAID’s global challenge to address these linkages.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is pervasive across sectors, countries, and communities. Both a symptom of gender inequality and a means for keeping it intact, GBV impedes progress toward gender equality and acts as a barrier to meeting conservation and sustainable development goals.

Viewed nearly 10,000 times in its first three months online and covered by more than 60 media articles so far, Gender-based Violence and Environment Linkages: The Violence of Inequality (IUCN, 2020) brought together evidence and analysis from across environment-related sectors and contexts to better understand GBV in relation to natural resource access and control and environmental degradation and stressors. A webinar series will present and discuss key findings, across issues and sectors, toward improved coordinated strategies and results.


Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) is a ten-year Public International Organization (PIO) grant to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that was established in 2014 and is managed by the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment’s (E3) Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. The purpose of the grant is to increase the effectiveness of USAID’s environment programming through the robust integration of gender considerations, improving gender equality and women’s empowerment outcomes in a broad range of environmental sectors. AGENT provides an array of support for national, regional and global environmental activities to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality. AGENT’s support is designed to complement existing or emerging USAID environmental efforts. AGENT broadens the reach of technical support, builds evidence for gender integration throughout environmental sectors, fills critical information gaps, and develops targeted resources and tools that can be directly applied in Agency programs, training, and communications.

The information provided in this email is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government. 

You can learn more about AGENT here.
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Webinar: Digging Deeper into Artisanal & Small-Scale Mining: Gender & Women’s Economic Empowerment

Event | Online
USAID’s Land and Urban Office recently hosted a webinar on Digging Deeper into Artisanal &Small-Scale Mining: Gender & Women’s Economic Empowerment. View the webinar recording, and download the presentation.

In this webinar, USAID and development experts discussed on gender-related opportunities and constraints in ASM, with a focus on strategies for transforming gender biases in the sector, and ensuring that women and men have equal access to economic empowerment through ASM-related value chains.

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector offers critical economic opportunities for women as well as a unique set of challenges. Women work at all levels of the ASM value chain, from pit labor to international trading and represent 30-50 percent of the global workforce for ASM. The most lucrative opportunities related to ASM, however, fall largely to men. Women often work longer hours for less money, lack rights to important production assets, such as land, licensing and capital, and are more exposed to social and environmental risks, including gender-based violence.

Opening Remarks:

Jeffrey Haeni, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID

Jeffrey Haeni is the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), where he oversees the Energy and Infrastructure, Forest and Biodiversity, Land and Urban, and Global Climate Change Offices.


Kimberly Thompson, Natural Resource Governance and Conflict Advisor, USAID E3/Land Team

Kim Thompson is a Natural Resource Governance and Conflict Advisor for the E3/Land and Urban Office. She is a career foreign service officer and leads USAID’s work on artisanal and small scale mining.


Joanne Lebert, Executive Director, IMPACT. Ms. Lebert leads IMPACT’s work to improve how natural resources are managed where security and human rights are at risk. Her work has focused on contributing to responsibly-sourced, conflict-free minerals and she has helped Central African governments launch and implement a regional strategy to tackle conflict minerals.

Jocelyn Kelly, Director, Gender, Rights, and Resilience, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI).  Ms. Kelly is the founding director for HHI’s Women in War program, and currently is a fellow at HHI where she designs and implements projects to examine issues relating to gender, peace, and security in fragile states.

Nathalia Rocio Mendoza Baron, Gender Coordinator, Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM). Ms. Mendoza is a political scientist and internationalist, coordinator. She leads gender mainstreaming into the projects and processes of the ARM. Previously she worked on promoting women’s rights through gender mainstreaming with the government of Bogotá. 




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WEBCAST | Building Bridges: Cross-Sectoral Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation, Governance, Health, & Food Security

Event | Online

Sound management of natural resources is integral to a country’s development, resilience, and self-reliance. By promoting development that benefits both nature and people, biodiversity conservation activities can strengthen development impact and the capacity of countries to manage their natural resources, improving their self-reliance.

The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change & Security Program, in partnership with USAID’s USAID’s Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced (BRIDGE) project, held a three-part virtual series with researchers and practitioners discussing lessons learned and entry points for action in the integration of biodiversity conservation, governance, public health, and food security.

There are strong linkages between good governance and biodiversity conservation. Better governance, conservation and natural resource management all focus on improving the collective good. Similarly, good governance and biodiversity conservation require the participation of local communities in decision making and management. Where governance institutions are seen as legitimate, transparent and effective, people are much more likely to follow the rules and regulations that the institutions set. Further, combining collective action, natural resource management and good governance can provide incentives to individuals and groups to manage natural resources in more sustainable ways. Good governance is thus a linchpin of biodiversity conservation. Examples of programming interventions include improved marine biodiversity conservation through community participation in co-management; increased prosecution of environmental crime through investments in judicial systems; or enhanced integrity of forested landscapes through investments in indigenous land tenure systems.

Building Bridges: Governance, Natural Resource Management, and “Thinking and Working Politically”
Follow the link above to view the webcast recording. 

Moderated by Derick Brinkerhoff, Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, RTI International with an introduction by Kyle Rearick, Forestry and Biodiversity Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development.

Panel Speakers:

  • Suzanne Kelly-Lyall, Founder, Wildcat Research & Advisory Services, LLC.
  • Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Diane Russell, President, SocioEcological Strategies, Inc.
Other Webcast in Series

Governance, Natural Resource Management, and “Thinking and Working Politically” is the second panel in a three-part “Building Bridges” virtual series to hear from researchers and practitioners on lessons learned and entry points for action in the integration of biodiversity conservation, governance, public health, and food security.

For the past five years, BRIDGE has supported the second goal of USAID’s Biodiversity Policy, to “integrate biodiversity as an essential component of human development.” BRIDGE collaborates with USAID missions and regional and technical bureaus to identify and promote integrated programming approaches and contribute to the evidence base for integration.

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.

Additional Resources: 



The Future of Land at USAID



Secure land and resource rights are a cornerstone of economic growth and poverty reduction. Decades of evidence link improved land and resource governance with economic growth, food security, reduced deforestation, and a range of other benefits.

And yet, significant evidence and data gaps remain, which hamper effective programs and policies. Over the last two years USAID conducted a comprehensive review of the evidence in the land and resource governance sector. Based on this review, USAID developed a Land and Resource Governance Research Agenda, which will dictate its research priorities in this area over the coming years.

USAID and New America launched this Research Agenda on March 16, 2020. View the recording below and learn more.

Welcome and Introduction:

Jeff Haeni
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), USAID

Keynote: The Future of Land at USAID – Research Agenda Launch

Caleb Stevens
Land and Resource Governance Advisor, USAID, E3/Office of Land & Urban

High Level Panel: Why Land Matters for Global Development and Security

Anne-Marie Slaughter
CEO, New America

Rob Bertram
Chief Scientist, USAID, Bureau for Food Security

Zoe Tabary
Property Rights Editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Mark Plotkin
Co-Founder and President, Amazon Conservation Team

Yuliya Panfil
Director, Future of Property Rights program, New America

The following USAID projects and partners contributed to developing the Research Agenda and organizing this event: New America, under the USAID Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) project and Landesa, under the USAID Communications, Evidence, and Learning (CEL) project.

Follow the conversation online using #FutureOfLand and following @NewAmericaFPR.

Webinar: Advancing Responsible Artisanal Mining


USAID’s Land and Urban Office recently hosted a webinar on Advancing Responsible Artisanal & Small-Scale Mining (ASM). View the webinar recording, download the presentation and follow-up questions and answers. 

In the webinar, a panel of experts from USAID, Oro Legal, and other partners provided a broad overview of USAID’s work on ASM globally, then focused on an example of the multi-faceted Oro Legal program in Colombia, which seeks to strengthen sector governance, encourage stakeholder participation, develop alternative livelihoods, and reduce the environmental impact of illegal mining.

Click Here to Access the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Webinar Follow-Up Questions and Answers


Kim ThompsonAdvisor for the E3/Land and Urban Office

Kim Thompson is an advisor in the E3/Land and Urban Office on issues of governance, crime and conflict in the environment sector.  She leads USAID’s technical work on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM). Kim is a career foreign service officer with over 9 years of experience at USAID. She has previously worked in the Office of Conflict, Management and Mitigation, as well as overseas at USAID Missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Thailand. At USAID/DRC, she focused on promoting responsible mineral supply chains for artisanally-mined tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. She previously served on the Governance Committee for the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade.

Terah Dejong, Technical Advisor, USAID Artisanal Mining and Property Rights (AMPR) Project

Terah Dejong is an expert in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), conflict minerals, land tenure policy and reform and has worked on USAID ASM programs in Cote d’Ivoire and Central African Republic. He is an international sustainability consultant with Tetra Tech and currently serves as Technical Advisor for USAID Artisanal Mining and Property Rights (AMPR) project. He has 10+ years of professional and personal experience in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Peter Doyle, Chief of Party, Oro Legal

Peter Doyle has more than thirty years of experience in environmental management, alternative development, and social and community development. As the chief of party for USAID’s Legal Gold Activity, he leads efforts to reduce the negative economic, environmental and public security impacts of unauthorized artisanal and small-scale gold mining operations in twenty municipalities within Colombia. As part of this effort, Mr. Doyle has developed partnerships between government entities, six private mining companies, and 24 small miner associations, which to date has resulted in 83 illegal mines becoming legal, almost 17,000 hectares of degraded mining land rehabilitated and US$ 112,000,000 incorporated into the formal economy.


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Land tenure and perceived tenure security in the era of social and economic transformation in Africa

Event | Online

Time: 10-11 AM EST
Presenter: Hosaena Ghebru, Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Moderator: Frank Place, Director, PIM
Organizer: CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)

Access to land and land tenure security are increasingly important for young people in Africa where population pressure has reduced the land frontier. In this webinar, we will discuss findings from a recent set of studies in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, and Nigeria that examined land access and perceived tenure security across various market, ecological, demographic, and cultural dynamics. A key finding is that, despite positive policy reforms at the national level, implementation has been weak and uneven within countries. As a result, land rights of the most vulnerable groups – poor smallholders, women, and migrants – have often eroded under the pressures of growing population, commercialization of agriculture, and commodification of land. These groups are particularly vulnerable since their rights over land are often subsidiary and undocumented.

The lack of proper enforcement and implementation of the reform process, mainly due to the lack of financial and technical capacity, as well as rent-seeking and corruption, continue to undermine the position of vulnerable groups in sub-Saharan Africa vis-à-vis land. The results of the studies emphasize the need for more pragmatic and endogenous policy reform processes, which account for the local administrative capacities, to ensure the sustainability of programs and interventions. The presentation concludes with a discussion of how the research teams are feeding their findings into ongoing policy discussions.



Hosaena Ghebru (Ph.D) is Research Fellow at the Development and Governance Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Dr. Ghebru undertakes applied microeconomics research with a focus on property rights, land markets, and investment incentives. He is also specializing in gender-disaggregated impact evaluations of various land policy and governance reforms, assessing how those influence agricultural productivity and contribute to sustainable land management and intra-household welfare and bargaining power in selected African countries, including Nigeria, Mozambique, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Uganda. Dr. Ghebru is also coordinator of the “Monitoring and Evaluation of Land governance in Africa” (MELA) project, a pilot initiative designed to track progress in implementation of the African Union’s Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in 10 selected African countries (Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia).

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Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST): Lessons from Burkina Faso, Liberia and Tanzania

Event | Online

Webinar Recording 

Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST): Lessons from Burkina Faso, Liberia and Tanzania

The USAID Land and Urban Office hosted a webinar on the latest results and developments from an exciting USAID initiative, Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST). MAST combines an on-the-ground training and participatory approach with mobile applications and technology platforms. MAST has already been used in Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Zambia and now Liberia to register more than 50,000 parcels, with promising results on women’s empowerment, economic growth, and improved resource management.

In this webinar, Jeffrey Euwema, the Chief of Party from USAID’s Land Technology Solutions (LTS) program, described and discussed recent MAST success stories and lessons from Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and Liberia. Please view the recording below.

Presenter: Jeffrey Euwema, Chief of Party, USAID’s Land Technology Solution Program

Mr. Jeffrey Euwema has worked for over 24 years as a field and home office-based project manager on international development projects, primarily focused on issues pertaining to land administration, land information management, and sustainability planning. Mr. Euwema has developed specifications for an integrated land technology platform for land documentation (Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure) and established a participatory implementation framework for its successful adaptation in rural Tanzania, Burkina Faso, and Liberia.


Learn More about MAST
Blog: What’s new with MAST?

MAST leverages innovative methods and tools to engage citizens in inclusive approaches that increase efficiencies over time.


Photo Essay: Her Land Rights 

Without documented property rights, widows can’t buy or sell their land, nor can they obtain access to bank loans. But with USAID’s help, Asiah was able to find a solution.


Videos: Promoting Land Tenure and Property Rights in Zambia 

In Zambia, USAID supported the Chipata District Land Alliance in using Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) to pilot tenure strengthening activities in over 130 villages in four chiefdoms in Chipata District.


Resource Library: Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) Learning Platform 

MAST helps communities define, map, record, and document their land and resources. MAST provides easy-to-use mobile phone applications that empower citizens in the process of understanding their rights and documenting their land and resources.


World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2019

Event | In-person

The World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty has become one of the largest international events on land governance. It brings together over 1,500 participants from across the globe—including representatives from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector—to discuss new research, innovations, practices, and policies to strengthen land and resource governance. Read more about the 2018 conference here.

USAID’s Agenda and Presentations

Make sure to stop by the USAID booth in the Atrium anytime during the week to have a hands-on demonstration of the Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) technology. You can also sign up for the E3/Land newsletter and check out the MAST Learning Platform. USAID work will be featured in presentations throughout the conference. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
Tuesday, March 26
Wednesday, March 27
  • Session 08-06: The Political Economy of Land Tenure Reform
    Session Chair:
    Caleb Stevens, Land and Resource Governance Advisor, USAID Land
Thursday, March 28