May 13, 2016

What We’re Reading: The Promise of Partnerships

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Stories we loved the week of May 8th:


Agenda 2030 Implementation: Delivering on the promise – World Vision

A new policy paper from World Vision and The Partnering Initiative, “Delivering on the Promise: In-country multi-stakeholder platforms to catalyse collaboration and partnership for Agenda 2030.” Taking a systems-thinking approach, the paper explores the issues behind four key questions practitioners and policy makers are currently wrestling with, ultimately concluding with a call for more ‘champions’ – from government, civil society and business – who can help drive forward this new vision.

First ever global “State of the Debate” report on land –

May 11th was the 4th anniversary of the world agreeing on a global standard for land governance and land investments, the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. To mark the occasion, UKAid’s Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development (LEGEND) program has published the report “Strengthening Land Governance: Lessons from implementing the Voluntary Guidelines.” The report reviews progress made in the four years since the Voluntary Guidelines were adopted, and makes recommendations on next steps, including a call by businesses to governments to show more political will to drive transformation and be robust on implementation.

What the Hawaiian language revival means for conservation – Human Nature

The coastal community capacity development advisor for Conservation International Hawai‘i writes:  “In Hawai‘i, we have a proverb that says “He ali?i ka ??ina, he kauw? ke kanaka”: “The land is a chief, and man is its servant.” In our worldview, there is no separation between nature and people; just as the land takes care of us, we need to take care of the land.

This concept may seem simple, but years of cultural repression following the United States’ takeover of Hawai‘i jeopardized this connection — and we’re only now beginning to restore it. Much of this recovery is due to the resurgence of the Hawaiian language.”

Photo courtesy of Jes Walton.

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