Liz Alden Wily
Guest Staff Member
Liz Alden Wily (PhD) is an independent political economist specialising in land tenure issues as a researcher-practitioner, currently associated with the Van Vollenhoven Institute as an affiliated researcher. Liz works globally, providing land policy guidance (e.g. Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Ghana, Cameroon, Gabon), conducting research on land rights issues, and designing and technically advising land and natural resource programmes in post-conflict conditions (e.g. Liberia, Sudan,, Afghanistan and Nepal).
The core theme in her research and development work is to improve the national law status of customary/indigenous land interests (‘community land rights’) affecting up to three billion rural dwellers in mainly agrarian economies and involving some billions of hectares of forests, rangelands and other lands held by tradition owned collectively. Liz has worked directly to secure community lands as the lawful property of communities in 15 states and indirectly in many others through short-term or regional initiatives. She currently contributes directly to (a) LandMark, an interactive global platform providing maps and other information on collective lands of indigenous and other communities (www.landmarkmap.org); (b) facilitating the establishment of an African Community Land Rights Transparency Index to be reported upon bi-annually by a consortium of NGOs (African Community Land Rights Network with a Secretariat in Cameroon); (c) a Global Call for Action to Secure Community Land Rights to be launched in 2016; and (d) evolution and uptake of workable legal opportunities for rural communities to secure tenure in Kenya, her country of residence.
Liz is also a Fellow of the Rights and Resources Initiative, a consortium of 14 international bodies including major institutions such as CIFOR and IFRI and working with 150 collaborator organizations in 15 countries; an Expert Associate for Katiba Institute, a body that carries out research, facilitation and legal cases on constitutional issues in Kenya; an Honorary Member of ICCA (Consortium for Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas); and a Member of the Advisory Council of the Community Land Protection Program of Namati. She gave the Third Al-Moumin Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding in Washington D.C. on 6 October 2015 [http://www.environmentalpeacebuilding.org/events/al-moumin-lectures/show/eventitem-265].
Telephone number: + 254 (Kenya) 724317836
Office and Home Address: Box 1642-00621, Nairobi, Kenya
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