Over the past month we have been assisting the Transparency and Accountability Initiative in updating the land section of the OpenGovGuide, originally drafted by Global Witness. The updates are centered on updating relevant cases studies, expanding the focus to include urban land issues, and to contextualize how the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure can be implemented, as they had only just been endorsed by the Committee on Food Security when the OpenGovGuide was originally drafted.
Thea and I are looking forward to attending the Open Government Partnership Global Summit this week in Mexico City, even arriving early to participate in the Extractives data dive hosted by NRGI over the weekend. The OGP Summit provides an opportunity to collaborate with members of civil society, government and business to discuss, and learn from, real world examples of how openness can improve public services, drive economic growth and reduce poverty, while making governments more accountable.
Frank Pichel, CPO & Robert Banick, Consultant
Cadasta Foundation and NRGI collaboratively reviewed a subset of annotated contracts from ResourceCountracts.org to identify the range of possibilities in spatial definition of agreements, to extract & map concession areas, and to define processes for automating the mapping of extractive contracts when possible. Consultancy recommendations are presented in this report and will be incorporated into ResourceContracts.org.
Frank Pichel, CPO
For years, governments, civil society, and multi-lateral organizations have worked to build consensus regarding what sustainable development means and how it can be measured, in preparation for establishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 goals and 169 targets outlined in the SDGs are intended to set the agenda for international development over the next 15 years and to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiring at the end of 2015. The final document is expected to be adopted during the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York September 25th – 27th.
Lindsay Oliver, Communications Specialist
In early August, the Cadasta team gathered in Portland to collaborate on larger projects and celebrate the milestones we've achieved in the six months since the launch of the organization. It was exciting to have everyone together for the first time, and to get to know my team not just as colleagues, but as people.