Apply to Participate! Co-Learning Space: Land Rights


Deadline: Monday 2nd May, 6 pm GMT 

Are you interested in exchanging ideas about the human right to land, beyond traditional focus on private property?

Would you like to help build a strategy against colonialism, land concentration, violent evictions and habitat destruction?

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What is a co-learning space?

Co-learning spaces are cross-regional, multi-session encounters that support participants to prioritise, strategise, learn and advocate together on human rights related to habitat. Co-learning spaces are based on emancipatory and intercultural learning practices, which link learning to concrete advocacy actions. They aim to support participants to build social force and speak with a strong interregional voice to impact policies and practices and effect transformative change. 

Why join? 

The co-learning space on land rights is a great opportunity to learn together with other networks and organisations in HIC from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa regions to build social force and develop a common understanding of the challenges and opportunities for advocating a human right to land.

When will it take place? The co-learning space on land rights will be hosted online in May 2022 over a period of four weeks (Wednesdays, on May 11th, 18th, 25th and 30th). Each week will consist of an interactive live session of 2 hours via Zoom plus 1 hour of your own time for preparation. 

Who is organising it? 

The co-learning space is facilitated by three HIC Members from Africa, MENA and Latin America with the support of HIC and the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) programme.

Who can join? The Co-Learning Space is open to all HIC Members, Friends and allies. 

Content of each session 

Session I: Realizing the human right to land from a gender equality perspective

This session will discuss international conceptions and instruments that underpin a gender equality perspective of land as a universal human right, review international agreements that promote land rights, and identify and articulate a multiscale approach to land rights.

Session II: Land tenure patterns and related violations and conflicts

The second session focuses on the land rights continuum, including dimensions and different forms of ownership and land tenure types or arrangements, as well as conflicts and violations in different regional and national contexts.

Session III: Strategies and instruments to strengthen struggles

The third session explores the concepts of information, remedy and reparation. Speakers will be invited to share their experiences of current and alternative struggles to realize the right to land, including the specific challenges faced by women. The session will also  explore innovative/alternative mechanisms for land governance and secure tenure.

Session IV: Laying the foundations for a global land rights advocacy strategy

Building on the co-learning from previous sessions, the final session supports the development of a concrete land rights advocacy strategy. Speakers and participants will build the concept of advocacy and examine its challenges, including through examples of advocacy work by civil society. The aim of the session is to validate a common advocacy work plan and explores the possibility of taking this plan beyond the co-learning space.

How to apply:  

  1. Please fill in the application form here:
  2. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday May 2nd 2022, 6pm GMT. 
  3. We will inform you about the outcome of your application by May 9th 2022. 
  4. Please note that places are limited, so we have to take several selection criteria into account, including regional and organisational diversity.
  5. Requirements: 
    • You are able to commit 3 hours per week to participate in live zoom sessions and other online co-learning activities over four consecutive weeks. 
    • You are confident to read, write and speak in either Arabic, English, French or Spanish. 
    • You have access to a computer or mobile device and are comfortable working with, or open to learning, how to work with online tools like email, zoom and google classroom.