Tuesday, June 19, 2007

ROUNDTABLE- Urban and Rural Land Reform in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, 6/29, DC

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ROUNDTABLE- Urban and Rural Land Reform in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, 6/29, DC

Posted by: Scott Frederick <SFrederick@chemonics.com>

Please join Kathrine Kelm (Chief of Party) and Chynara Arapova (Deputy
Chief of Party) of the USAID-funded Land Reform and Market Development
Program (CAR Land), for a discussion on the project's working with
government counterparts and civil society on urban and rural land
reform issues in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Since September 2005, the CAR Land project has been creating economic
opportunities for the citizens of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan by
facilitating the development of vibrant, modern urban and rural land
markets. The project works at the high-level policy development level
to help adopt more progressive land policies and legal frameworks, as
well as at the civil society level to increase local involvement in
land management and to provide greater access to land market
information and services.

In Kyrgyzstan, the project recently collaborated with the World Bank
to develop an analytical report on the management of pasturelands. The
report examined the legal, institutional and social aspects of
pastureland management and will be used to inform future Government
policy on the issue. The program is also working on pilot programs
with local governments and citizens' groups to develop land
use/management plans for Land Redistribution Fund (LRF) plots in their
districts. Questions or disputes on land use were addressed by the
project's group of Demilgechi (rural land activists) who are in the
process of reorganizing into an independent and self-sustainable NGO.

In Tajikistan, the project recently enjoyed a hard-won success
facilitating the Government of Tajikistan's approval of Amendments to
Land Code. Private ownership of land has not yet been legalized in
Tajikistan, and the approval of these amendments represents a
significant step in the reform process. In addition, COP Kathrine Kelm
also led a team (including consultants from ILS) to complete an
institutional and legal assessment for creating a Unified System of
Registration (USR). In May, we also held our first national conference
of Tashabuskor (Tajik rural land activists), building on best
practices and lessons learned from our Kyrgyz experience.

CAR Land is a dynamic program whose technical areas touch on economic
growth, democracy & governance and gender practice areas.

The 30 minute presentation will be followed by open time for questions
or discussion.

Date & Time: 6/29/2007 10:00-11:00
Location: Chemonics International Inc., 1717 H St., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Teele Auditorium B & C
RSVP: Scott Frederick, sfrederick@chemonics.com

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