Poverty is not merely absence of money or assets, but most fundamentally, poverty is a consequence of the inability of capitalise whatever asset people may have, because of lack of formal title, and the high transaction cost.

Recognition and protection of property rights lie at the foundation of a free society. Property rights allows the development of market economy. With the spread of ownership of assets, people develop a stake in their community, and become active citizens. At the early stages of socio-economic development, land is the principal form of property.

For over a century, millions of Indians, largely indigenous tribes and others living in forest areas, have not had their land rights recognised by the state. A new law in 2006, acknowledges this historical injustice, and seeks to recognise the land rights of these remote and poor communities.

ARCH Vahini, a grassroots NGO based in Gujarat, and Liberty Institute, a think tank based in New Delhi, are working together to help these remote communities document and map their land claims.

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What is the problem?

Even after being granted the right to own the land they had farmed when the Forest Rights Act was passed into law, the majority of the villagers’ claims have been rejected. Out of 180,000 claims filed in rural Gujarat, only 50,000 were approved.

What we're doing

In addition to spreading awareness of their rights, we help tribal communities prepare and substantiate claims for their traditional land, using simple hand-held GPS instruments to survey their holdings, and map these onto satellite imagery. Done properly about 90% of the claims are approved.

How you can help!

Funding is needed to buy more GPS instruments, upgrade to a GIS web platform, and to enable us to reach out and train more communities. Each activity has a long-term effect: the GPS instruments are used village after village, the web platform accumulates a growing volume of villagers’ data, and training community leaders in one area enables them to go on to train others in surrounding village.

 

 

Recent Events

Opportunity for a researcher on environmental issues

Research Assistant / Research Associate Apply before June 17, 2015 Liberty Institute is seeking a suitable person to undertake research and analysis on issues related to environment, forest and wildlife. A key focus will be on the nature and types of conflict between local communities, and other stakeholders, over land, forest and wildlife resources.The objective is to explore ways of reducing the conflict potential between communities, and institutions and officials entrusted to manage the natural resources. Depending on the candidate’s experience and expertise, and depth of interestand understanding in these issues, the position could be negotiated either as Research Assistant or Research Associate. The responsibilities will primarily involve: Compiling relevant information Structuring the information in a database Summarising the information in briefs and reports Updating the website Undertaking in-depth research Necessary capacities: A level of awareness and appreciation of the relevant issues Capacity to search for information, particularly on internet Excellent communication skills, particularly to summarise and analyse information Excellent computer skill Please send your resume, along with a letter of interest, by June 17, 2015. Background: A glimpse of the initial information gathered in this regard may be seen at http://empoweringindia.net/?page=issue. Please select “Human Wildlife Conflict” in the drop down list below the logo, on the left side of the banner, then click on “View”. You would see the list of items in the pop-up box on the right side of the screen. Liberty Institute, New Delhi Email:...

Opportunity for a Research Fellow

Apply before June 17, 2015 Liberty Institute is seeking a suitable person to undertake research and analysis on legal aspects related to land and property rights. The Institute wants to undertake a couple of research projects, to be completed by the end of 2015, as part of an effort to better understand the nature of the land related conflicts, and come up with possible legal and policy suggestions that might help reduce the scale and scope of such conflicts. The Research Fellow will be expected to deliver two papers, one, that will undertake an analysis of the emerging case laws at the state and national levels in recent years on the Forest Rights Act 2006. The second paper will document the evolution of constitutional and legal perspective on property rights, as well as shifting judicial thrust over the past six decades. The aim of both the papers is to analyse the legal trends, and try to come up with some indication of the direction it may take in the future. Depending on the candidate’s experience and expertise, and depth of interest and understanding in these issues, the terms could be negotiated. The position will be that of a consultant on a contract for this research project. The responsibilities will primarily involve: Undertaking in-depth research and analysis Interviewing appropriate experts and scholars Drafting the research papers Seeking comments from independent experts Finalising the papers for publication Necessary capacities: A level of awareness and appreciation of the relevant laws and judicial processes 5-7 years experience in legal and policy research Excellent research and analytical writing skills Please send your resume, along...

Opportunity for a project manager or a project coordinator

Liberty Institute A non-profit organisation based in New Delhi, is seeking an appropriate person for the position of Project Manager or Project Coordinator for the Right to Property initiative. Deadline May 15, 2015. Liberty Institute is an independent think tank dedicated to empowering people by striving to enhance the scope of political, economic and civic freedoms. Recognition and respect for property rights is the keystone of any free society. In partnership with other organisations and individuals, the Institute is aiming to build the capacity of rural communities to document their claims over land and local resources, under the Right to Property initiative. www.RighttoProperty.org   Project Manager / Project Coordinator The position includes the following tasks and duties: Build and nurture a network of grassroots organizations and village community leaders to expand the reach of the Right to Property initiative on Forest Rights Act (FRA) Develop information and training modules for partners at different levels – civic activist, NGO, Community leaders Coordinate and organize workshops aimed at appropriate target groups to take forward the Right to Property (RTP) initiative Find and reach out to civic activists and NGOs who may be working on FRA, or may have an interest in this issue Identify and coordinate with relevant government officials particularly at the panchayat, block and district levels Ensure smooth administration of the initiative, along with its accounts and other documentation Coordinate with the IT vendors to ensure that the platform functions smoothly Oversee the data processing, and ensuring quality of the data, and generate relevant reports Develop an understanding of the FRA, and other aspects of land and property rights...
Patnagarh Property Rights Workshop

Patnagarh Property Rights Workshop

Property Rights Workshop Implementing the Forest Rights Act 2006  15-16 April 2014 Patnagarh, Balangir dist. Orissa Organised by: Zindabad Sangathan, Balangir & Liberty Institution, New Delhi in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation  Tentative Agenda   Date Time Programme Schedule DAY 1 15.04.2014 11 am to 1.30 pm Inauguration & IntroductionFores right act implementation and  challenges. 1.30 to 2.30 pm Lunch 2.30 to 5 pm Experience sharing of FRA and discussion.Use of GPS/GIS to map and document claims. 5 to 6 pm Tea 6 to 7 pm Group Discussion 8 to 9 pm Dinner DAY 2 16.04.2014 9 A.M to 1.30 P.M Field visit: Community forest  resources mapping by GPS at Ganjaudar village G.P. , Block Turekela, Tahasil Kantabanji (about 40 km from Patnagarh) 1.30 to 2.30 pm Lunch 2.30 to 3.30 pm Map preparation by GPS 3.30 to 4.30 pm Action plan and conclusion 4.30 to 5 pm Vote of thanks   Venue: Marwadi Dharmashala Patnagarh, Balangir district, Orissa Local coordinator: Shri Trilochan Punji, Zindabad Sangathan, mobile: 099378 66507 Liberty Institute, New Delhi, mobile: 9810416662 www.InDefenceofLiberty.org Right to Property...
Dediapada taluk Field Visits

Dediapada taluk Field Visits

Property Rights Workshop Assessing the Implementation, Institutions and Impact of Forest Rights  Field Visits to Villages in Dediapada taluk in Gujarat 28-29 March 2014 Organised by: ARCH, Gujarat and Liberty Institute, New Delhi, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Programme Schedule: March 28: 8.30 am:                     Departure from Baroda for Dediapada 12 noon to 2 pm:       Assessing the economic possibilities of community forest rights, in Dediapada town 4 to 6 pm:                    Evaluating the technical capacity of community leaders in using tools to map land claims and document rights, in Malsamothe village 9 to 11 pm:                  Roundtable discussion on GIS related technical issues and their adaptability in the rural context Night halt at the forest rest house in Malsamothe village March 29: 9 to 11 am:                   The impact on agricultural land and common resources following the recognition of rights, in Sagai village 12 noon to 2 pm:       Local Institutions and management practices to effectively implement the community rights, in Dabka and surrounding villages 3.30 pm:                      Departure from Dediapada for Baroda   Resource Persons: Ambrish Mehta and Trupti Parekh of ARCH Prof Ranendu Ghosh of DA Institute of Information & Communication Technology, Gandhinagar Barun Mitra, Liberty Institute, New Delhi Emily Curtis, advisor on participative use of GIS Liberty Institute, New Delhi Tel: 011-28031209. Email:...
Sheopur Forest Rights Act Training Workshop February, 2014

Sheopur Forest Rights Act Training Workshop February, 2014

Forest Rights Act Training Workshop Organised by the Collectorate, District Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh In collaboration with the Right to Property initiative of Liberty Institute (New Delhi), and ARCH Vahini (Gujarat) 15th to 17th February 2014 The objectives of the three day workshop is to improve understanding of the legal and procedural aspects of FRA. Also to appreciate the challenges on the ground, and to learn the significance of use of GPS / PDA instruments, and the role of satellite imagery in implementing the FRA. DAY DATE TIME PROGRAMME DAY 1 15 Feb 2014 11 am to 11.30 am Inauguration and Introduction 11.30 am to 12.30 pm Forest right act Implementation and  challenges – sharing experiences 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm FRA in the context of Right to Property in the Indian Constitution 1.00 to 2.00 pm Lunch break 2.30 to 3 pm Experience of ARCH in Gujarat 3 to 4 pm Use of GPS/GIS in FRA 4 to 5 pm Practical operation of GPS 5 pm to 6 pm Break 6 pm to 7.30 pm Group Discussion 8.00 pm Dinner DAY 2 16 Feb 2014 9 am to 3.30 pm Field visit – mapping of community forest  resources and individual plots by GPS at Hanumankheda, and other villages 1.30 to 2.15 pm Lunch break 2.30 to 3.30 pm Preparation of maps by GPS 3.30 to 4.30 pm Break – Return to Sheopur 4.30 to 5.30 pm Documentation of the claims and evidence Day 3 17 Feb 2014 9 am to 1 pm Processing of GPS data from the field visit and assessing the information on satellite imagery 1 pm...
“A Property Rights Revolution is Taking Root in Gujarat”

“A Property Rights Revolution is Taking Root in Gujarat”

Last month Ken Schoolland, a long time friend of the Liberty Institute, professor of economics and political science at Hawaii Pacific University, and president of the International Society for Individual Liberty visited Gujarat and attended some of our workshops. Ken was really invigorated about what LI and ARCH are trying to accomplish here in Gujarat and has written up a full report about his visit. A property rights revolution is taking root in Gujarat, India, that is spreading across rural India, securing land title for hundreds of thousands of farmers. The evidence of success is so strong that this movement is expected to spread to 900 million plots of land in India and millions more across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. ernando de Soto has called international attention to the lack of property rights in developing nations, resulting in the single greatest deterrent to economic development. But recognizing this isn’t enough. “De Soto’s approach to making change has had limited success so far,” remarks Barun Mitra, President of the Liberty Institute in New Delhi. “De Soto has written books,” says Mitra, “spoken at lofty forums, advised heads of state, suggested ways of changing the law to recognize the property rights of the millions of poor. But this approach has invariably run into opposition by powerful sections of society who have so far benefited from the prevailing lack of clear titles.” Frustrated by the lack of impact from academic conferences, Barun has decided that a real and practical demonstration of establishing property title among the vast population of rural farmers is the only way to prove the value of these...
Jharsuguda Training Workshop

Jharsuguda Training Workshop

Forest Rights Act Training Workshop Organised by Lokmukti Sangathan, Jharsuguda, ARCH Vahini, Gujarat & Liberty Institute, New Delhi In partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation  24th to 25th January 2014 CASA Resources Center, Jharsuguda, Odisha DAY DATE TIME PROGRAMME DAY 1 24 Jan 2014 11 am to 11.30 am Inauguration and Introduction 11.30 am to 12.30 pm Forest right act Implementation and  challenges – sharing experiences 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm Right to Property in the Indian Constitution and significance of FRA 1.30 to 2.30 pm Lunch break 2.30 to 3 pm Experience of ARCH in Gujarat 3 to 4 pm Role of GPS/GIS in FRA 4 to 5 pm Practical operation of GPS 5 pm to 6 pm Break 6 pm to 7 pm Group Discussion 8.00 pm Dinner DAY 2 25 Jan 2014 9 am to 1.30 pm Field visit – mapping of community forest  resources and individual plots by GPS at Patrapali village 1.30 to 2.30 pm Lunch break 2.30 to 3.30 pm Preparation of maps by GPS 3.30 to 4.30 pm Nature of evidence and documentation for FRA 4.30 to 5.30 pm Future plan of action 5.30 to 6 pm Conclusion and vote of thanks   Workshop venue: CASA  Resources Center At- Maherpada  (Nea Black Dimond Engineering College), Dist-Jharsuguda (Odisha) Contact person: Santi  Das (Center In-Charge), Tel. 06645-214187(O), Mobile: 08763354402 CASA Resources Center is  6 K.M. distance from Jharsuguda Railway station and 5 K.M. from Bus stand. Mode of transport available, Auto or  Taxi ( Black Diamond Engineering college is well known landmark) auto fair Rs 100. Workshop Coordinator: Shri Ananta  (Lokmukti Sangathan, Jharsuguda) Mobile:...
Sagai Village Workshop

Sagai Village Workshop

Property Rights Workshop Assessing the implementation of Forest Rights Act Organised by ARCH & Liberty Institute in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation  Venue Sagai Village, Narmada district, Gujarat Date: 12 January 2014 Programme Schedule: 10 am: Meeting with village elders on the status of implementation of FRA 11 am to 2 pm: Forest Rights Act Introduction – Trupti Parekh Overview of FRA – Ambrish Mehta Key note address on significance of property rights by Prof Ken Schoolland Participative role of communities in improving implementation – Barun Mitra Post rights scenario – Sharing of experiences by village leaders, moderated by Ambrish Mehta 2.30 to 4 pm: Field visit to the Sagai village, to visit the community forest rights resources, and assess the management plan prepared by the village committee   Resource Persons: Prof Ken Schoolland, Hawaii Pacific University, USA Mr Ambrish Mehta, ARCH Gujarat Ms Trupti Parekh, ARCH Gujarat Mr Barun Mitra, Liberty Institute, New Delhi Liberty Institute, New Delhi Tel: 011-28031209. Email:...
GPS Training Workshop in Ambikapur

GPS Training Workshop in Ambikapur

District Sarguja, Chattisgarh Dec 2-4, 2013 Organised by PACS Summary observations by Ambrish Mehta  and Barun Mitra Participants from about a dozen districts attended the workshop organised by PACS and its partner organisations in Chattisgarh. Over thirty people, mostly from civil society activists and community leaders participated in this three day workshop. PACS invited Ambrish Mehta of ARCH, Gujarat and Barun Mitra of Liberty Institute, New Delhi to participate in this workshop, and provide inputs on the use of GPS technology in mapping and documenting claims for forest rights. Based on the discussions at workshop, and the field visit to Jajga village about 40 km south of Ambikapur, here are some key take away points from this workshop. Chattisgarh has a relatively high number of claims filed by people (over 7.5 lakhs), and the government too has approved high number of such claims (over 3 lakhs). But the overall rate of rejection is greater more than 50 percent. Also there is a widespread complaint that much less area has been approved than that is actually cultivated by the families. There is one more issue that seems to be peculiar to Chattisgarh (and also may be MP). The state government seems to have given titles under FRA, mostly for those lands that are falling in the so called ‘Orange Areas’. These are the lands over which Nistrar rights of the local villagers were already recognized earlier and the lands were kept out of the forest compartments and transferred to the Revenue department. But there was ongoing dispute between the Forest and the Revenue departments with regard to the control of...

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