Land and Property Rights for Rural Transformation:
Understanding the Implications of the Forest Rights Act
jointly organized by
Institute of Rural Management Anand
Action Research in Community Health and Development, Vadodara
Liberty Institute, New Delhi
in partnership with the
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
Venue: Institute of Rural Management, Anand (Gujarat).
Dates: 04-06 December 2012
Workshop Coordinators: Sony Pellissery (IRMA), Ambrish Mehta (ARCH), &
Barun Mitra (Liberty Institute)
In recent years, land related issues have emerged at the top of the social and political agenda. A three day workshop on theoretical aspects and practical implications of property rights for rural transformation is being organized at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, jointly with ARCH, Gujarat, and Liberty Institute, New Delhi, with the support of FNSt.
The workshop will deal with topics such as the political evolution of property rights, their constitutional significance, the changing nature of land conflicts, the significance of property for economic well ]being, political empowerment and democratic participation. The Forest Rights Act provides a practical illustration of the changing contours of the discourse. Both national and international legal instruments around property will be discussed.
1) To deliberate on the significance of property rights as a pro-poor instrument
2) To create a network of scholars and practitioners around property and land rights
3) To gain ground level understanding of the progress in forest rights implementation
Seats: Limited seats are available on first-come, first served basis.
Fee: Rs. 4,000/- including food, accommodation, fieldwork and course materials.
Scholarships: Scholarship to cover the fee is available for a few candidates. To avail this scholarship, please write 250 words explaining how this workshop is relevant for your work or study. Please send the request (to firstname.lastname@example.org) before 05 November 2012 and we will get back if your request is successful by 10 November. No travel allowance is available to attend the workshop.
Accommodation: Modest accommodation will be provided at student hostel in IRMA for this workshop. (those wishing to avail single rooms, with attached bath, may pay an additional fee of Rs.1,200 per night).
To participate: please send a request for the nomination form <email@example.com>
For more information, please visit the page at IRMA's website,
Implementation of Forest Rights Act 2006.
ARCH, a Gujarat based NGO engaged in rural development, and Liberty Institute are working together on a land and property rights initiative, which is aimed at helping the remote rural communities document and map their own land and resources.
Please visit the new website, where information related to land claims are compiled and processed, as required under the FRA. Under this act, tribal villagers who for decades or a century had been looked upon as encroachers, would be recognised with land title, both private land for agriculture and common land as part of the village resource base.
In the "View Plot" tab, one could select a village, and see all the plots claimed by villagers. And by clicking on each plot, one could get a summary information for that piece of land. In the "Sample Report" tab, one could get a glimpse of the three basic kinds of reports we can generate. These are primarily aimed at facilitating the Gram Sabha with relevant information, so that they could appropriately decide and recommend the claims to the appropriate authority.
The critical point of this initiative is that it is the villagers who are requesting us to help them do the documentation. It is the local people who are actually doing the field work and collecting the information, including plotting their plot boundary using hand-held GPS devices.
The workshop at IMRA is an effort to build on this initiative, and provide a platform to academics, professionals and practitioners, to share their experiences, to discuss the relevance of the land mapping initiative, and explore the wider social and economic relevance of land and property rights, in a way that facilitates economic development.
Comments and suggestions are most welcome.
Liberty Institute, New Delhi