The Land Deal Politics Initiative calls for applications to their small grant competition. Grants are available to undertake original field research, carry out follow up fieldwork on an ongoing related initiative, or write up a paper based on research.
The so-called “global land grab” continues the historic process of land enclosures described by Sir Thomas More in Utopia as “sheep eating men,” when English peasants were evicted from the commons to make room for private estates.
More than 90 environment, development, human rights, and anti-debt organizations from around the world want the Bank to have no say in setting up this key new tool for helping poor nations address climate change.
The World Bank's hyped report on land grabbing is confusing and disappointing, because its analysis lacks an understanding of what drives investments, what politics surrounds land deals, and the socio-political dynamics shaping livelihood outcomes.
The only feasible way out of the ecological crisis is a new, environmental Keynesianism, bringing together government, corporations and citizens. The problem is to convince politicians that ecological transformation and environmental practices can pay off politically, argues Susan George.