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Transparency and Community Empowerment around Land Investments in Cameroon

By Kelly D. Ward
January 29, 2018

Samuel Nguiffo, founder of Cameroon’s Centre for Environment and Development, explains how he uses OpenLandContracts.org, a unique tool created by the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment.

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Justine Sylvester on Land Contract Transparency and OpenLandContracts.org

January 23, 2018

In this blog post, CCSI speaks with Justine Sylvester, an advisor to the Land and Livelihoods Program and Private Sector Engagement at Village Focus International and alum of the CCSI’s Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture program. Justine explains how OpenLandContracts.org has influenced her work and how it can be used to “level the playing field” between investors, governments, and communities.

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Comments on the World Bank’s Draft Guidance Note for Borrowers ESS5: Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement

In December 2017, CCSI sent comments to the World Bank regarding its Draft Guidance Note for Borrowers ESS5: Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement. CCSI’s overarching comments on the Guidance Note were that: Its description of affected persons and their rights contradicts and undermines international consensus on land governance supported by the… read more

CCSI at the 44th Plenary Session of the Committee on World Food Security

By Sarah Cruz
December 4, 2017

In this blog post, Sarah Cruz summarizes the highlights from CCSI’s participation in the 44th Plenary Session of the Committee on World Food Security.

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Michael Jarvis Interview on OpenLandContracts.org

November 21, 2017

In this video, Michael Jarvis, Executive Director of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, speaks about OpenLandContracts.org, and what changes in resource contract transparency mean for stakeholders seeking to improve governance and accountability around investments.

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Roundtable on Gender, Land and Extractive Investments

Date: November 10, 2017
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Annex

Is There a Human Right to Land?

By Kaitlin Cordes
November 8, 2017

In this blog post, Kaitlin Cordes considers whether and how international human rights law recognizes a human right to land, and the ways in which land rights are inextricably linked to human rights.

Consultation on Land and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Date: October 19-20, 2017
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Annex

Lorenzo Cotula and Thierry Berger On Transparency around Land Investment Contracts

By Liam Kelley-St. Claire
September 26, 2017

CCSI spoke with Lorenzo Cotula and Thierry Berger of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) OpenLandContracts.org, the world’s first searchable repository of publicly available investor-state land contracts. Lorenzo and Thierry discussed how they use the repository in their work, and how disclosure of land contracts can inform legal empowerment at the local and national levels.

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Ask the Experts: Webinar on the Future of Land-Related Indicators in the 2030 Agenda

Date: September 18, 2017, 9:30am – 11:00am
Location: Webinar