WHAT we do
For more than a decade, we have empowered smallholder land users, women, migrants and other disadvantaged groups at the local level through advocacy and education on land rights.
We envision a world where land tenure security ensures a world of better societies, stronger institutions, and improved livelihood.
COLANDEF delivers through tailor made capacity building support to organisations and actors, complementing our interventions with building strong networks and partnerships. We work with stakeholders at the national, regional, district and community level. We value neutrality, openness, learning, gender and cultural sensitivity.
COLANDEF’s approach is the delivery of direct interventions at the local level, gathering and documenting experiences from these local level interventions and using experiences at the local level to inform policy discussions. Our strategies include public education and awareness campaigns, capacity building for customary land authorities and policy engagements.
OUR WORK IS FOCUSED ON THESE THEMATIC AREAS
LAND GOVERNANCE & NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
COLANDEF aims to make a difference in the lives of smallholder land users like farmers by helping them to improve the security of their land rights.
Key areas of attention under our land governance and natural resources thematic areas include:
Public awareness campaigns on land laws, land rights and the mechanisms available for protection of land rights.
Capacity enhancement programs for customary land authorities.
Institutional strengthening for increased participation and inclusion in customary land governance.
Technical support in managing the processes and impacts of large scale investments in customary lands.
Our local governance programs focus on increasing the inclusion and participation of the urban poor in the governance of the development processes for their community.
We achieve this through:
Community mobilization, sensitization and training.
Facilitating the preparation of community development plans.
Coaching and mentoring of community leaders in proposal writing, fundraising and project management.
Facilitating the engagement between local government authorities and community members.
GENDER EQUALITY & SOCIAL INCLUSION
At COLANDEF, gender is considered both as a stand-alone development agenda as well as a mainstreaming agenda that merits consideration in every development program. Thus, gender equality is a social issue that is embedded in all our programs and activities.
POLICY RESEARCH & POLICY ADVOCACY
Research is an integral part of COLANDEF’s work. We do this for a number of reasons. One main purpose of our research is to inform the design of interventions and in defining expected outcomes. It is also done to provide evidence for our advocacy actions and define advocacy strategies.