KPMG has launched a Challenge Fund on the behalf of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), which supports the development and testing of innovative approaches and partnerships for strengthening land governance, with a specific focus on piloting approaches to responsible land-related investments. The first window is now open and its purpose is to test the New Alliance’s Due Diligence tool in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria and Tanzania.
The LEGEND Challenge Fund is designed to be flexible to accommodate a range of possible projects. The following examples illustrate the types of projects that could be proposed.
- Approaches to mapping and documenting ownership and use rights over land and associated natural resources, recording land rights and resolving land related disputes;
- Inclusive consultation processes with communities, producers and other stakeholders affected by the investment (which may be beyond what is required under the country’s laws);
- Activities that focus on protecting or improving the land rights and the economic opportunities of women and girls in relation to private business investments; and
- Contractual arrangements between investors and local communities, such as to promote equitable benefit sharing and protect community’s access and use rights to natural resources
Applicants can apply through the LEGEND Challenge Fund webpage, hosted by the Land Portal.
The deadline for applications is the 26th February 2016.