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    On Just Grounds:

    • Jun Borras, Jennifer Franco, Romulo J. de la Rosa, Salvador H. Feranil
    25 June 2007
    Book
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    Rural Democratisation: (Re)Framing rural poor political action

    • Jennifer Franco
    01 February 2008
    Paper

    With two-thirds of the world’s poor rural poor, rural democratisation is clearly relevant and urgent, but at the same time an especially difficult--and underestimated--challenge. If democracy is to be organically rooted in any society, the struggle to “get there” must systematically be opened up to integrate rural poor citizens system-wide, taking stock of their aspirations and, more importantly, their existing efforts to gain control of decision-making affecting their lives.

  3. The FAO and its work on land policy and agrarian reform

    • Sofia Monsalve Suárez
    02 September 2008
    Book

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has a long history of work in the field of land policy and agrarian reform, playing a lead role in international co-operation from its founding up until the 1970s. From the 1990s on, the initiative in the design and development of land policies and agrarian reform has been taken up by the World Bank, with the FAO generally following its policies.

  4. Territorial restructuring and the grounding of agrarian reform:

    • Eric Holt-Giménez
    01 November 2008
    Report

    In this study of the World Bank's role in Guatemala, Eric Holt-Giménez shows how its programme for market-led land reform there complements its strategy for opening the Western Highlands to extractive industries.

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    Rural social movements and their historical contribution for building democracy in Brazil

    Sérgio Sauer
    01 December 2008
    Article

    Brazil has not experienced any sort of major agrarian reform since then, but dozens of rural movements have been organised and hundreds of thousands of landless peasants have acquired the right of access to land (especially through settlement projects) as a result of these social movements’ struggles. After so many years of fighting and popular mobilisation, what are these movements’ contributions to building rural democracy? This study seeks to understand this process by evaluating social movements’ alliances (both rural and urban alliances) and evaluating their relationships with political parties, especially with the Workers Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores – PT) and with the Brazilian Federal Government.

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    Rural democratisation in Mexico’s deep south

    Jonathan Fox, Carlos García Jiménez, Libby Haight
    01 December 2008
    Article

    Has political regime change led to changes in state-society relations? This study begins to address this question by analysing rural movement efforts to exercise newly-won citizen rights. The specific focus is on rural civil society initiatives to use the “right to know” as a tool to bolster long-standing campaigns to build self-managed, community-based economic development institutions, to bolster peasant influence over the policy process, to defend human rights, and to respect indigenous rights.

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    Local politics and the sustainability of rural life

    UNAC Rural Democratisation Research Team
    01 December 2008
    Article

    To be a strong peasant movement in a place like Chokwe, Mozambique requires going beyond ambiguous compromises to develop collective political thinking and to develop the capacity to use political power in ways that ensure that governmental and non-governmental organisations that help the peasantry act in line with what peasants wish and need.

  8. EU Land Policy and the Right to Food

    • Pascal Bergeret
    23 December 2008
    Report

    In 2004 the EU Commission published EU Land Policy Guide-lines: Guidelines for Support to Land Policy Design and Land Policy Reform Process in Developing Countries. It proposes that steps be taken to allow the legal recognition of customary rights and to strengthen the institutional capacities of customary structures that enforce them.

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    Competing Views and Strategies on Agrarian Reform

    • Jun Borras
    18 January 2009
    Book

    This book aims to deepen the discussion by focusing on the Philippine agrarian reform experience, but drawing lessons that are relevant to theory-building and to policy discourse and political actions in situations elsewhere.

  10. From rural livelihoods to agricultural growth

    • Lies Craeynest
    10 February 2009
    Paper

    This paper examines the policies and practices on land of the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom. After a market-led approach to land distribution in the 1980s, DFID made some changes towards a rights-based land policy, but this has since regressed.

  11. Transnational agrarian movements: struggling for land and citizenship rights

    Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    01 April 2009
    Article
    La Vía Campesina’s transnational campaign in protest against neoliberal land policies has helped to generate new meanings of global citizenship.
     
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    Pro-Poor Policy Reforms and Governance in State/Public Lands:

    Jennifer Franco
    17 June 2009
    Article

    This paper attempts to specify the key criteria of a ‘pro-poor land policy’ and ‘truly democratic land governance’ concerning state/public lands, using the lessons from activist databases, including that of the international human rights organization Foodfirst Information and Action Network (FIAN).

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    Land, Rural Social Movements and Democratisation in Indonesia

    Dianto Bachriadi
    30 June 2009
    Article

    Although support from urban-based students and activists was important, the rural protest in Indonesia during President Suharto's regime was built on continued protest and organisation around land issues.

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    Fellows meeting 2006

    19 June 2006 - Event
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    Contemporary discourses and contestations around pro-poor land policies and land governance

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    12 January 2010
    Paper

    The concern for ‘pro-poor’ land policy has coincided with the mainstream promotion of efficient administration of land policies, leading to the concept of ‘land governance’. This paper aims at better understanding of contemporary policy discourses and political contestations around land and land governance.

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    From Threat to Opportunity? Problems with a “Code of Conduct” for Land-Grabbing

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    19 April 2010
    Paper

    The dominant perception of land-grabbing as a threat is being replaced by a new story line, promoted by, amongst other, the World Bank—that of new land deals as a potential opportunity for rural development. But this supposed win-win formula raises many problems, doubts and concerns.

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    Converging Crises: Reality, Fear and Hope

    • Susan George
    10 May 2010
    Paper

    The term crisis implies a short lived period of uncertainty - suggesting there is something temporary or anomalous about the current state of the global economy. On the contrary, our global economy, from the financial clouds (or bubbles) to the real roots - where men and women work, live and survive - is suffering from systemic flaws based on an ever expanding void between rich and poor.


     

  18. Peoples Conference model of inclusion offers only path forward on climate change

    14 May 2010
    Article

    The Peoples' conference on climate change showed that a global movement, much larger than anyone imagined and with firm proposals, has coalesced and gathered strength

  19. From GDPism to genuine equity

    Praful Bidwai
    19 July 2010
    Article

    India's story starkly illustrates the disconnect between GDP and social progress, and the need for radically new economics developed from the bottom up.

  20. Sad Spectacle in Istanbul

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    19 July 2010
    Article

    If left-wing ideas have become popular again and social movements in Eastern Europe have strengthened, why is the European Social Forum in decline?

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