How to integrate Land Rights into your projects


September 18th, 2013 (Wednesday)


12 PM, GMT-4
(See what time it is in your city)


Alan Robbins
Global Head of Membership and Alliances, Devex


Tiernan Mennen
Director, Chemonics International

Nigel Thomson
Senior Associate, Tetra Tech

Aslihan Kes
Economist and Gender Specialist, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

Please submit your questions in advance to [email protected].

Land rights is fast becoming an important component of a growing number of global development projects. 
Whether you work in agriculture, gender, the environment or any other sector, land matters to the work you're doing. 

On Wednesday, September 18th at 12 PM (GMT-4) we'll be hosting a Google Hangout with land experts from our partner organizations. You can watch the hangout to “learn the language” on land, and get valuable tips on how to integrate land rights into your projects for the most effective results.

To watch the hangout, all you need to do is head to our Google+ page at GMT-4 on the day of the event. You can also stream the hangout from the Devex YouTube channel.

If you're on Google+ check out the Google+ page for this event.

Have a Question for the Experts?

Email me ahead of time at [email protected] and I can pass them along. You might even hear yours answered on air during the hangout.

Meet Our Speakers:

Tiernan Mennen is an attorney and land rights, rule of law, human rights, and democracy and governance expert with 14 years of professional experience in over 20 countries on all continents. He is director for the Colombia Human Rights Project and land tenure and resource rights practice area at Chemonics International. Prior to joining Chemonics, he directed a global legal empowerment program at Open Society Foundations; conducted customary land tenure analysis in Africa; advised on anticorruption work at the World Bank; led a justice sector strengthening project in Bolivia; and directed access to justice initiatives in South Sudan. He holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School and an M.A. in international development and economics from the School for Advanced International Studies-Johns Hopkins. He served in the Peace Corps in Honduras and is fluent in Spanish.

Nigel Thomson is a Tetra Tech Senior Associate and lawyer, specializing in land tenure and property rights. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of property law—12 of those in an international development context.

He has extensive experience in the field of land and property law (particularly in the post-conflict environment) in Asia (Central and East Asia), the Middle East, and Africa—more particularly in civil law systems in Timor-Leste, Lao PDR, Iraq, Tajikistan, Angola, Rwanda, Sudan and Afghanistan. He has been Chief of Party for USAID Programs in Tajikistan and Timor-Leste, assisting those governments to move toward a market economy through land legislation reform, and improving security of land tenure through land claims recording and rights formalization processes. His experience advising on land administration in post-conflict situations includes Afghanistan (where he is the Senior Technical Adviser/Manager for USAID’s Land Reform in Afghanistan Project), Iraq (monitoring and evaluation related to the Property Claims Commission) and the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (as the Legal Counsel and Land Registry Manager for the Land and Property Unit) where he developed systems for the administration of public and private abandoned property, as well as contributed to the development of the draft Land Commission Regulation.

Aslihan KesAslihan Kes is an Economist and Gender Specialist at ICRW where she provides technical expertise and oversight to ICRW and partner initiatives focused on economic empowerment, property rights, agriculture and other key areas.  Currently, Ms Kes oversees two separate capacity building projects in Sub-Saharan Africa which aim to develop the monitoring and evaluation capacities of 11 grass roots organizations working to improve women and girls’ property rights.  Ms Kes is also part of the team testing a new methodology for obtaining quantitative, policy-relevant information on women’s ownership, use, and control of land, housing, productive assets, and income.  Ms Kes is also the co-director of a USAID funded study that includes the design, implement and evaluate an innovative, gender-responsive capacity development intervention targeting agro-dealers and men and women farmers in Farmer Input Saving and Loan (FISL) groups. Ms. Kes holds a M.S. degree in economics from the University of Texas, Austin and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is fluent in Turkish and English, and is proficient in French.

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