International Land Coalition Launches Facility to Support Innovative and High Impact Interventions: Call for Expressions of Interest
The International Land Coalition announces a new initiative called the Facility in Support of Innovative and High Impact Targeted Interventions on the ground (FTI). This facility builds on the experience gained through a previous programme, ILC’s Community Empowerment Facility (CEF), which supported 52 small projects led by civil society organizations to apply innovative approaches that help the rural poor gain access to and control over land and other natural resources from 1999-2009.
This new Facility – FTI – was conceived to support the first strategic objective of ILC’s 2011-2015 Strategic Framework, which is to “influence the formulation and implementation of national land policy for the benefit of the rural poor”. As part of this Strategic Objective, ILC has identified key countries for substantive long-term engagement in support of members. The new Facility complements this effort, but is open to all countries in the Global South.
FTI promotes direct interventions on the ground with the specific purposes of:
- Piloting innovations in securing and protecting land rights for the rural poor for demonstration purposes and to explore the possibility of supporting such innovations on a larger scale.
- Achieving the greatest potential for direct impact, specifically resulting in improved access to land for clearly identified communities.
High impact projects may consist of:
- Organisational, political, technical and legal support to clearly identified communities to help secure land rights, be protected against forced evictions or to receive adequate compensation for being displaced.
- Providing assistance to beneficiaries of land reform programmes to take fuller advantage of acquired land rights by supporting the development of cooperatives, contractual arrangements with investors and suppliers or promoting trading opportunities.
The FTI is expected to support 15 to 25 projects per year from 2013-2015.
Who can apply?
National and local civil society organisations (CSOs) from the South are the priority targets for the FTI. ILC defines CSOs to include networks and organisations of farmers, producers, women, indigenous peoples, agricultural workers, fishers, the landless, pastoralists, forest users or other associations of rural peoples, including community-based organisations and social movements. Local, national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their networks, as well as national, regional, and international research institutes may also be considered as CSOs. Northern and international CSOs/NGOs may be accepted where they have existing partnerships with the southern, national or local CSOs, and where their involvement will distinctly provide an added value, or where there are unique circumstances justifying the need for a leading role by a northern or international CSO/NGO.