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Tanzania: Maasai Pastoralists of Soitsambu Village assert their rights to ancestral lands 

In common with most indigenous people, the Maasai pastoralists of Soitsambu village have no formal recognition of their property rights. Despite a recent decision in the African Commission, holding that traditional possession of land by indigenous people has the same effect as that of a state-granted property title, the Maasai pastoralists of Soitsambu village are at risk of losing their lands and livelihoods due...

Young Journalist Award runner up:The Ghosts Without Pigment 

Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants...

Indigenous Chichewa dictionary launched in Malawi  

The Chichewa Dictionary has just been launched in Malawi.Chichewa, also known as Nyanja, is a Bantu spoken language. It is the national language of Malawi but is also an official language in several African countries including Zambia (mostly spoken in the Eastern Province, Lusaka), Mozambique and Zimbabwe.Chichewa is traceable from the Eastern Province of Zambia from the 15th century. In Zambia, Chewa is spoken...

EU: We report back – Hungarian development official says transition experience is an added value of the New Member States to development 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Ádám Kirchknopf, Deputy Head of Department of Development Co-operation, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs talks about the important role new donors can play in the neighbourhood countries and Eastern Europe with their transition experience.About the conference:On the occasion of two New...

EU: We report back – Polish development official talks about Presidency priorities 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Agata Zajega, I. Councellor, Polish Embassy in Budapest shares the priorities of the Polish Presidency concerning development cooperation.About the conference:On the occasion of two New EU Member States holding the EU Presidency in 2011, followed by Cyprus in 2012 and Lithuania...

EU: We report back - Lithuanian development official talks about Presidency priorities and the Lithuanian development cooperation 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Tomas Irnius, Head of Development Cooperation Policy and Planning Division, Department of Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion, Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives some hints about the priorities of the upcoming Presidency and the direction of the Lithuanian development cooperation.About the...

EU: We report back - Lithuanian development practitioner says media could play an active role in the promotion of development issues 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011.  In this recording:Vaidotas Ilgius, Director, Lithuanian National Platform of Development NGOs talks about the projects of development NGOs in Lithuania and also shares his thoughts on how the media could play an active role in raising awareness about development issues.About the conference:On the...

EU: We report back - Lithuanian development official says media should inform the taxpayers about state development programmes 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Tomas Irnius, Head of Development Cooperation Policy and Planning Division, Department of Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion, Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs talks about the active role media could play in informing the public about state development programmes. He brings up...

EU: We report back – Development expert says human rights-based approach can be an effective tool to development in the hands of the New Member States 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:These mini-lectures from Maxi Ussar, independent development expert give you an insight into the Human Rights-based Approach, a programming tool used also in development cooperation. This is what you need if you want to pick up the basics about HRBA and...

EU: We report back – Polish development official argues for the inclusion of beneficiaries in development programmes 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Do you want to know why development cooperation can be compared to a sloth? Then don’t miss to listen to this very witty presentation of Jan Hofmokl, Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Poland. In the other clip, he draws our attention...

EU: We report back – Kenyan activists explain the benefits of the human rights-based approach in practice 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Do you want to hear stories on how the Endorois and the Masaai people implement the human rights-based approach? Do you know that direct funding to these communities could help them act more effectively? Wilson Kipkazi, Director of Endoroi Welfare Council,...

EU: We report back – Polish development practitioner says NGOs could be champions in the implementation of the rights-based approach 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Kordian Kochanowicz, Capacity Building Specialist, Institute of Global responsibility, Poland shares his own experience on the implementation of the human rights-based approach.About the conference:On the occasion of two New EU Member States holding the EU Presidency in 2011, followed by Cyprus...

EU: We report back – Czech development practitioner says human rights-based approach is a lens to global issues 

This is a recording from the ‘Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States’ Conference, held in Budapest in September 2011. In this recording:Aurele Destree, Head of Food and Development Policy Programme, Glopolis, Czech Republic gives good ideas on how to put development issues on the agenda of the government by referring to the human right-based approach.About the conference:On the occasion of two New...

Tanzania: Maasai land dispute with safari tourism group 

Freddy Batundi, MRG’s Capacity Building Officer in Africa, reports back on a visit to Maasai communities in northern Tanzania.Towards the end of last year I made a field trip to Loliondo, Tanzania, as part of MRG's work to support Maasai community meetings in the sub-villages of Sukenya, Mondorosi and Enadooshoke, which are part of Soitsambu village in northern Tanzania, to agree on their position...

Tanzania: MRG's Head of Law visits Maasai communities pitted against safari company over land dispute 

In August 2012, Carla Clarke, MRG's Head of Law, visited the Maasai villages of Sukenya and Mondorosi, which border the world-renowned Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania.The villagers are involved in an over 12,000-acre land dispute withThomson Safaris, a US-based tourism company which prides itself on its community involvement.The primary cause of the conflict between the local community and Thomson Safaris is over land...

Tanzania: Pastoralists face famine as effects of drought are worsened by government neglect 

A severe hunger crisis has developed over the past two months in the Ngorongoro area in northern Tanzania. Seasonal rains have largely failed in October and November, weakening cattle that are now dying of disease. Consequently, the local Maasai people who depend on their cattle for nutrition, are starving. A large number of children have died of malnutrition and related causes already. An investigation...

Tanzania: Maasai Women Taking Bold Stance to Protect Land Rights 

More than 2,000 Maasai women are taking a bold political stand in a move aimed at protecting community land rights. From the 27th of March until the 7th of April, women gathered in Magaiduru village, one of the nine villages in Loliondo Division that has recently been declared by the government as a wildlife corridor, essentially prohibiting any future use of the lands...

Tanzania: Government unrelenting on parceling out Maasai land in Loliondo 

The government of Tanzania, through the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hon Ramadhan Mwinyi, during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York, delivered a firm stand on their action to parcel out huge chunks of pastoral land for wildlife conservancy. "The government took this decision with the understanding that environment conservation is as important for eco-system protection as it...

Tanzania: October cyclical drought should not catch government unaware 

That time of year is upon us again in Tanzania. Pastoralists are asking will the rains come, or not? With many experts now claiming that the cyclical pattern of drought in east Africa is no longer accidental,  MRG Kampala office intern Maud Tournier looks at the impact of the drought that set in in mid-October, and how minorities and indigenous peoples are coping. ...

Maasai villagers turn to US courts for information on abusive evictions by US safari company 

February 26, 2014, Boston — Today, with the assistance of EarthRights International (ERI), three Tanzanian Maasai communities turned to a United States federal court to support their ongoing legal battle over the land they lost to Thomson Safaris, a high-end safari outiftter based in Watertown, Massachusetts. The communities originally filed suit in 2010, in a local court in Tanzania, after they were forced from...


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