Innovation Fund (IF)

Innovation Fund (IF)

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20 January 2015

Innovation Fund (IF)

The Innovation Fund (IF) grant window will provide funding up to a maximum of US$ 250,000 for projects that require up to 24 months to complete. Application for IF funding above the maximum allocation shall be allowed by the PSC only when there is sufficient justification based on the activities to be undertaken. The IF aims to provide grants that develop, demonstrate, promote or adopt innovative practices that can influence policy or be expanded and integrated into regular practices with the addition of other funding sources


2016 Innovation Fund Projects

The Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) Project has awarded a total of US$ 2,525,000 for 15 new innovative projects to support security of land tenure of smallholder farmers in the Mekong Region.

The MRLG Project is pleased to announce the award of 15 Innovation Fund Projects which were selected from a total of 82 proposals submitted in May 2016. Eight (8) awards are for 2-phased projects with the first phase used as a project incubation small grant up to US$75,000 over 6 months to design, plan and mobilize project activities that are then implemented in phase 2 for the remainder period, up to 2 years. A total inclusive budget of US$ 250,000 is possible for these projects.
Seven (7) are Small Grant projects with maximum award of US$75,000 for activities to implemented over a period of up to 2 years testing new ideas and alternative approaches and partnerships to generate experiences and lessons for scaling up.
The 15 IF projects for 2016 are well aligned with the project priority focus to address concerns of CLMV in the areas of land rights and customary tenure recognition, regulation of large scale land acquisition and responsible land-based investment to strategically contribute in achieving the MRLG’s goal to pursue multi-stakeholder collaborations that will improve the tenure security of family farmers in CLMV.

Project Title

 

Implementing Partners

Thematic Areas

Country

Recognition of Traditional Rights And Community User–Rights for the Ecological Sustainability of Protected Areas in Cambodia

 

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)/Ministry of Environment-Gen. Dept. of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection (MoE-GDANCP)

Land Rights (Recognition of Communal Land Titling)

Cambodia

Cambodia Land Dispute Indipendent Mediation Project

 

Indipendent Mediation

Group (IMG)

Land Conflict Transformation

Cambodia

Feasibility Study on Land Allocation for Small and Medium Farms

 

Center for Policy Studies (CPS)/Dept. of Planning and Statistics, Faculty of Development Study-Royal University of Phnom Penh

Land Rights

Cambodia

The CALM Project: Toward a mechanism for Communal Agricultural Land Management

 

Department of Agricultural Land Management (DALAM), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Land Rights (Recognition of Communal Land Titling)

Lao PDR

Lease Arragements For Plantation (LAP)

 

Investment Promotion Department (IPD), Ministry of Planning and Investment

Responsible Investment

Lao PDR

Strengthening Forestland Community Tenure through Policy, Pilots and Law Project

 

Land Core Group/Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation-Forest Department (MONREC-FD)

Land Rights (Forest Tenure)

Myanmar

Piloting the mainstreaming of M&E into the process of implementing and improvement of the policies on land access rights of ethnic minorities, the poor and the policies on compensation, support and resettlement when the State recovers land

 

General Department of Land Administration (GDLA) –
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Capacity Building for Land Policy

Viet Nam

Co-operation in Providing information, Critique and Appraisal of the Draft Vietnamese Forestry Law

 

FORLAND, represented by Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Research and Development (CIRD)

Forestry Law Advocacy

Viet Nam

Legal Analysis and Policy Advocacy through ODM Website

 

Open Data Myanmar (ODM)/OneMap

Responsible Investment

Myanmar

Securing Land Tenure Rights of the Farmers and Raising Awareness in Rural Community in Myanmar

 

Development Center for Grassroots Community (DCGC)

Land Rights

Myanmar

Deciphering Land Claim Negotiations

 

Prek Leap National College of Agriculture (PNCA)

Land Rights

Cambodia

Strengthening Long-term access of ethnic minorties,women,poor peopleand their communityto forest through a transparent and participatory reallocation land procedure

 

Center for Research on Initiatives of Community development (RIC)/Hoa Binh Department of Nature resources and Environment (DONRE)

Land Rights (Recognition of Communal Land Titling)

Viet Nam

Training and Research to improve local policies and practices towards compulsory land acquisition procedures in Can Tho City

 

School of Law, Can Tho University (CTU)/Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Can Tho City

Land Rights

Viet Nam

Securing Land Right of Women in Ethnic communities through legal support

 

The Consultative Institute for Socio-Economic Development of Rural and Mountainous Areas (CISDOMA)

Land Rights (Women’s Land Rights)

Viet Nam

Develop a code of conduct for responsible land-related agriculture investment in Vietnam

 

Information Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (AGROINFO) /Institute of Strategy and Policy for Agriculture and Rural Development – Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Responsible Investment

Viet Nam


2015 Innovation Fund Projects

The Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) Project has set aside US$ 2.5 million to support security of land tenure of smallholder farmers in the Mekong Region.

After the rigorous process of project design and review, the MRLG Project is pleased to announce the approval by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) of 10 Innovation Fund Projects which were selected from a total of 58 proposals submitted in May 2015.   Each project will be receiving a grant of US$ 250,000 with project implementation starting in January 2016.   All projects are designed to be completed within 2 years.

Seven of the ten projects are country level initiatives designed to address specific land governance issue affecting Lao, Myanmar, and Viet Nam.  The remaining three projects are regional in scope across the four Mekong countries, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Viet Nam. These projects cover a wide range of land governance concerns from land rights awareness, land rights recognition, responsible land investment, to private sector engagement. They aim to influence improved policies and practices on land governance as well as build capacity of stakeholders in the sector to improve land tenure security of smallholder farmers, especially ethnic groups and women.

Project Title

 

Implementing Partners

Thematic Areas

Country

Open Development  Mekong

 

East West Management Institute  – Open Development Cambodia  padding: 5px 10px;

Large Scale Land Acquisition–  Research for policy dialogue,  Regulation, Legal Rights Awareness  padding: 5px 10px;

Regional (CLMV)

Follow the Money Initiative

 

Equitable Cambodia – Inclusive Development International

Large Scale Land Acquisition Regulation – Private Sector engagement, Legal Rights Awareness

Regional (CMV)

Multi-Scalar Evidence-Based Dialogue: A Regional Approach to Improving Smallholder Land Tenure

 

Forest Trends

Large Scale Land Acquisition Regulation – Research for policy dialogue

Regional (CLMV)

Agri-business Engagement for Responsible Land Governance in Cambodia, Laos, Myamar, and Viet Nam (CLMV)

 

Oxfam – Novib

Large Scale Land Acquisition Regulation – Private Sector Engagement

Regional (CLMV)

Land learning Initiative for Food security Enhancement (LIFE)

 

Village Focus International – Land Issues Working Group

Legal Rights Education

Lao PDR

Ayeyarwaddy Paralegal and Advocacy Project

 

Land Core Group – Namati

Large Scale Land Acquisition Regulation, Legal Rights Awareness

Myanmar

Community Centered Land Governance Project – Community Driven Operational Grievance Mechanism Piloting in Thilawa SEZ

 

Earth Rights International – Paung Ku

Legal Rights Awareness, Conflict Transformation, Large Scale Land Acquisition Regulation – Private Sector Engagement

Myanmar

Framework for Improved Reallocation of Forest Lands in Viet Nam

 

Centre for Agriculture and Policy – Institute of Policy for Sustainable Agricultural Research Development

Legal Rights Education – Recognition of Customary Tenure

Viet Nam

Citizen Monitoring of Land Governance in Viet Nam

 

Oxfam – Landa

Legal Rights Awareness – Public participation

Viet Nam

Facilitating the Formation of and Capacity Development for Viet Nam Forest Owners Association

 

RECOFTC (The Centre for People and Forests)

Recognition of Customary Tenure, Legal Rights Education.

Viet Nam

 

Below are the 10 projects of MRLG under IF Grant 2015. The 2016 projects will be added soon. You can get more details by clicking on the project title or downloading all 10 profile here.


2015 IF Project Profiles

Agri business Engagement
for Responsible Land
Governance in CLMV

Facilitating-the-Formation and
Capacity Development for Viet-
Nam Forest Owners Association

Multi-Scalar Evidenced-Based
Dialogue: A Regional Approach to
Improving Small Holder Land Tenure

Framework for Improved
Reallocationof Forest
Lands in Viet Nam

Agri-business Engagement for Responsible Land Governance in CLMV 1_001.2

 

Facilitating the Formation and Capacity Development for Viet Nam Forest Owners Association_001.2 (1).2

 

Facilitating the Formation and Capacity Development for Viet Nam Forest Owners Association_001.2 (4).2

 

Facilitating the Formation and Capacity Development for Viet Nam Forest Owners Association_001.2 (3).2

 

Ayeyarwaddy Paralegal and
Advocacy Project

Follow the Money
Initiative

Open Development
Mekong

Citizen Monitoring of Land
Governance in Viet Nam

Ayeyarwaddy Paralegal and Advocacy Project_001.2

 

Facilitating the Formation and Capacity Development for Viet Nam Forest Owners Association_001.2 (2).2

 

Facilitating the Formation and Capacity Development for Viet Nam Forest Owners Association_001.2 (5).2

 

Facilitating the Formation and Capacity Development for Viet Nam Forest Owners Association_001.2 (6).2

 

Community-Centered Land
Governance in Myanmar

Land learning Initiative for
Food security Enhancement (LIFE)

Facilitating the Formation and Capacity Development for Viet Nam Forest Owners Association_001.2 (7).2
Land learning Initiative for Food security Enhancement (LIFE)