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  • Global Challenges

    Workshop: Finding Common Ground: tackling corruption in land and natural resources tenure

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    The administration of land and other natural resources is one of the most corrupted sectors in many countries. The survey for the Global Corruption Barometer 2009 found that approximately 15 percent of the people who contacted land authorities in the previous 12 months reported paying a bribe. These corrupt practices prevent citizens from obtaining the services to which they are entitled and have a disproportionately severe impact on the poor and other vulnerable groups.

    As part of a response to these problems, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its partners are developing Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources. The Voluntary Guidelines will promote transparency and good governance in the tenure of land and other natural resources. They will provide practical guidance to stakeholders on responsible governance of tenure as a means for alleviating hunger and poverty, enhancing the environment, supporting national and local economic development, and reforming public administration.

    This workshop will bring a multitude of perspectives to a common platform. The discussions will concentrate on the causes, consequences and challenges of weak governance and the actions to be undertaken in the context of the ongoing Voluntary Guidelines initiative. The panellists are invited to think how the Voluntary Guidelines could strengthen the governance of tenure in their regional settings. What would be the role of multi-sector partnerships and global engagement in the combat against corruption in the tenure of land and other natural resources.

    The workshop brings together panellists from a range of technical and policy backgrounds, including administrators, policy makers, researchers, civil society representatives and private sector actors. They come from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, adding to the global and regional dimension of the overall discussion. In their discussions, the panellists will draw on their experiences to stimulate the thoughts of participants on issues and actions related to governance of tenure. The discussions will be documented and they will feed into the preparation of the Voluntary Guidelines.

    Coordinator: Mr Mika-Petteri Törhönen, Land Tenure Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

    Rapporteur: Ms Anni Arial, Associate Professional Officer, FAO

    Panelists:

    Mr Keliang Zhu, Staff Attorney and China Programme Director, Rural Development Institute (RDI)

    Ms Vilma Daugaliene, Acting Director of Rural Development Department, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania

    Mr Odame Larbi, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Land Commission

    Mr Bastiaan Philip Reydon, Professor, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

    Moderator:

    Ms Orapan Nabangchang, Associate Professor, School of Economics, Sukhothai Thamatirat Open University and/or Mr Mika-Petteri Törhönen, Land Tenure Officer, FAO

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