Guidance for Communities Interacting with Investors

CCSI is partnering with Namati, a legal empowerment organization, to produce two guides for communities and their advisors, including those within Namati’s network of paralegals, regarding their interactions with investors. The first guide looks at how communities can prepare internally before potential investors arrive, taking into account the interests of all community members; the second guide concerns negotiating actual agreements with investors and the issues to consider when doing so.

A postcard for the forthcoming guides is available here.

This project builds off of earlier and ongoing work by both Namati and CCSI, including CCSI’s Directory of Community Guidance on Agreements relating to Agriculture or Forestry Investmentswhich pulls together relevant resources that can be used by communities in their interactions with investors over land. In addition, in March 2017, CCSI presented a paper on community-investor agreements tied to agricultural and forestry investments, highlighting the “state of play” around such agreements, and providing concrete recommendations on how the agreements, and practices around them, can be improved. In drafting the paper, CCSI collected and analyzed more than 40 community-investor agreements. A final version will be available soon. This work is part of a series of projects and activities, supported by UK DFID, looking at legal support gaps in the context of land-based investments.