Land, Commons, Policy, and Livelihoods (L- COMPLY) Programme

Land Rights, Commons, Policy, and Livelihoods Advocacy Programme (L-COMPLY) undertakes research and advocacy work on policies, laws and institutions governing land and common property resources to ensure secure access, control, and user rights for communities whose livelihoods depend on these resources, while also strengthening their sustainable management through targeted education on wise use and livelihoods diversification. The programme works with stakeholders to address the challenges of privatization and development that threaten use, access and ownership rights of communities dependent on common resources for their livelihoods like pastoralists, forest dwellers and fisher folks.
For effective participation of stakeholders in management and administration of community land and sustainable management of the common property resources, the programme supports capacity building among communities and civil society groups on land rights, community land management and administration, and collaborative management of the commons.

Through this programme RECONCILE works to promote land rights advocacy for enhanced tenure security. It under takes research for the generation of knowledge on tenure security, disseminate the same in easy to read and interesting formats targeted to specific audiences, and builds the capacity of citizens and groups to effectively engage in policies, laws, and institutional processes that have a bearing on access to land and the security of land rights. Community land and customary land rights is a key focus of RECONCILE’s work in this areas. In this regard, the programme looks at moving the land discourse from policy to practice to secure the gains in the constitutions and the new land laws and frameworks in the country, and the region.

The programme under the L-COMPLY programme focus on:

  • Promoting tenure security for communities in the face of privatization of common resources and the large scale acquisitions of lands or large scale investments on the commons. This entails researching, developing and proposing inclusive and community friendly and empowering business models for investments on the commons.
  • Supporting the development of community land law and the piloting of the registration and establishment of community land management and administration institutions at the county levels.
  • Development of collaborative frameworks to promote communities participation in the management of common resources.
  • Promoting the wise use of the commons and development of networks and alliances for the protection of the same.
  • Conflict management and resolution in the use and management of the commons.

Initiatives Include: