MRLG works through alliances of government, civil society, the private sector and academia to promote improved land governance policies and practices. The project focuses on policies and practices related to the recognition of Customary Tenure and Responsible Agricultural Investment.
MRLG works to influence and change policies and practices at regional, national and sub-national levels. The policy level focuses on changing laws and implementing decrees and regulations while the practice level focuses on promoting the effective implementation of policy at national, provincial or local level.
MRLG works through alliances to reform policies on the recognition of Customary Tenure and Responsible Agriculture Investment in four countries in the Mekong Region by:
- supporting practical pilots of new policy approaches
- developing and disseminating research and lessons learned
- facilitating dialogue on land governance issues affecting smallholder farmers
The MRLG project is implemented by Land Equity International (LEI) in partnership with GRET Professionals for Fair Development (GRET) and supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fűr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
MRLG is a project of the Government of Switzerland, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), with co-financing from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Government of Luxembourg.
MRLG Phase II runs from October 2018 – December 2022. MRLG Phase I was implemented from 2014-2018.
MRLG supports a range of activities, including but not limited to:
The MRLG project is governed by a Project Steering Committee (PSC). The PSC is comprised of representatives of the project donors (SDC, BMZ and Luxembourg) in Lao PDR. The role of the PSC is to provide technical and managerial direction and implementation oversight.
To support the PSC, in each country a National Advisory Committee (NAC) is established to provide oversight and advise on project activities. The NAC brings together a variety of voices, from government, civil society, academia, media and private sector.