Innovative Financing Solutions for Legal Support to Communities

Around the world, project-affected communities grapple with how to access and pay for the legal support they need in the context of natural resource investments. This is particularly important where local communities or individuals are asked to negotiate directly with investors to conclude contracts, such as land leases or community development agreements.

CCSI is conducting research to identify, assess, and help further thinking around innovative financing solutions for legal support to communities as they seek to secure and promote their rights and interests that may be affected by agriculture, forestry, and other natural resource investments. Our research includes examining various ways in which communities’ legal support needs can be met effectively, and reviewing the types of financing solutions that have been proposed or established to date. 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.