Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation.
The challenge of equitably providing everyone with land is far too great for one grouping and sector. It will require the actions of many individuals, organisations and collectives of organisations working in a coordinated manner towards achieving a common vision and goal. The idea of the charter is to get as many organisations and individuals rallying around the vision of LANDfirst, each in their own way, through the work they do individually and collectively with other organisations that have also signed the charter, contributing towards the achievement of the vision.
We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model
The LANDfirst website is maintained by Afesis-corplan, as the custodian of the LANDfirst charter, using funding secured through fundraising efforts. Fund raising is also conducted to undertake learning and networking events. The DfID of the United Kingdom, through Urban LandMark, presently funds most of these activities. Misereor and German Development Cooperation, both German funders, presently fund much of the Land Access work of Afesis-corplan. LANDfirst member organizations are encouraged to undertake their own activities using their own resources in support of the LANDfirst vision. LANDfirst members also make use of networking opportunities provided by government and others to meet and share information. The network is presently managed by a core group of three organizations (Afesis-corplan, Urban Landmark and Planact) who communicate telephonically and electronically. Network members are kept informed of activities through e-mail correspondence. The network aims to find ways to use information and communication technology (ICT) to expand and improve the LANDfirst website so it can help LANDfirst members to achieve their own objectives in line with the LANDfirst charter. We are currently developing a proposal to look at how we can use ICT technology more effectively and efficiently in support of the LANDfirst approach. If we were to win this prize we would use it to improve our use of ICT.