Shalmali Guttal

Land Struggles III: Keeping Land Local

Announcing "Keeping Land Local: Reclaiming Governance from the Market," the third issue of the Briefing Paper Series on Land Struggles by Focus on the Global South, the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform, and Land Research Action Network. You can download a free PDF in high resolution or low resolution.

As trade and investment flows rapidly increase across Southeast Asia, several countries have experienced a surge in large land deals for plantation agriculture. Against this backdrop, civil society organisations have been using a wider range of legal tools to promote public accountability in investment processes. These include scrutinising the negotiation of international treaties, challenging national legal frameworks, raising local awareness about rights, and testing approaches for local consultation and redress.

By Shalmali Guttal, 11 December 2012

Make human rights and democracy real in ASEAN. 

This was the simple yet powerful message from the ASEAN Grassroots People’s Assembly (AGPA), held November 13 to 16 In Phnom Penh and attended by about 4000 Cambodians and another 200 people from other ASEAN countries. 

Cornell University, 17 October 2012Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South 

Thank you very much to the LDPI for inviting me to give this address.  I am with Focus on the Global South, and also representing the Land Research Action Network (LRAN).  I would like to share with you some thoughts about what I consider to be important issues for this conference.

“Naming” the Problem

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