Our main actions include:
- Non-litigious advice and support: there are a number of non-litigious aspects in our work that are vital to successful land settlements. These include: negotiations on behalf of communities, drafting community property governance documents, advising clients on government planning processes and supporting their engagement.
- Law reform and policy development: this includes submitting comments to Parliament on behalf of communities, participating in government and client community-organised committees, appearing before Parliament and acting with other NGOs to provide support to communities.
- Networking, training and education: this includes educational and capacity-building activities such as: running workshops on rights, sharing information with communities and other land NGOs, , and advocacy around our client’s concerns.
- Litigation: as and when necessary, the LRC does not shy away from court action, resulting in setting precedents that have wide-reaching impact.
The intended results are that:
- Communities are more secure in land tenure and ownership and in accessing their constitutional rights.
- Pre-and post-settlement support facilitates socio-economic development and better livelihoods for communities on the land that they have acquired.
- Communities are better able to access the natural resources on their land, and protect the sustainability of their way of life and their natural environment.
- Laws and policies are developed that protect and promote the realisation of communities' constitutional rights.
- All community members, particularly women, can effectively participate in decision-making processes at all levels, including input into laws and policies relating to land.
-Information on individual access to land usage and benefit sharing, as well as on safeguarding municipal land and access thereto, is generated for the land NGO sector, government and communities to share.
If so, how?
The LRC participates in law and policy reform and development processes at the request and on behalf of poor, vulnerable and marginalised individuals or communities who are our clients. We also at times engage with government on draft laws or policies at government’s request. We facilitate our clients’ written submissions into legislative processes and oral representations at Parliament. We also negotiate on their behalf with stakeholders such as governmental departments and industries, and enable their greater participation in decision-making processes relating to industrial activities that impact on the full enjoyment of their land-related rights.