Land Governance in the Global South
Acting on the recommendations of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests of 2012, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated the Land Governance Multi Stakeholder Dialogue (LG MSD) in August 2014. The goal of this dialogue between financial institutions, industry, NGOs, knowledge institutions, and government, was to determine how to contribute effectively to the improvement of land governance in countries of the ‘global South’ where the Netherlands is active.
The Ministry required an unbiased overview of the private sector’s perspective on land governance issues. We supported with this by gathering insights from twelve Dutch companies operating in the agro-commodity, floriculture, palm oil and infrastructure sectors about their experiences on land governance issues in the Global South. Additionally, we made recommendations to the ministry on how to work together with companies on this issue, which provided opportunities to directly improve land related issues in the countries in question.