Innovation Fund (IF)

2016 Call for Proposals for Land Governance Innovations

Mekong Region Land Governance Project

MRLG Grant Facility | Innovation Fund

The Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Luxembourg Government Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) announces its 2nd Call for Innovation Fund proposals.

We invite, with preference, proposals from government institutions, private sector organizations or other organizations jointly implementing with government and/or private sector organizations. The purpose of innovative project proposals must align with the MRLG project goal to pursue multi-stakeholder collaborations that will improve the tenure security of family farmers in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV). These should address this goal through a focus on land rights and customary tenure recognition; regulation of large scale land acquisition and responsible land-based investments.

The Innovation Fund (IF) grant window will provide project funding to a maximum of US$250,000 with up to 2 years implementation. The Innovation Fund aims to provide grants that develop, demonstrate, promote or adopt transformative practices that can influence policy or be expanded and integrated into regular practices in support of family farmer tenure security.

To support innovative proposals, MLRG prefers submissions that propose a 2-phased approach. The first phase used as a project incubation small grant up to US$75,000 over 6 months to design, plan and mobilize project activities that are then implemented in phase 2 for the remainder period, up to 2 years. A total inclusive budget of US$ 250,000 is possible (total budget and period includes the small grant). The 2nd Phase design will be subject to Project Steering Committee approval.

The 2nd MRLG Call offers new opportunities through Small Grants with funding up to a maximum of US$ 75,000 for 2 year implementation period.

We envisage funding 6 small grant projects and up to 8 large projects across the four countries.

The MRLG Project will select innovative interventions to fund through a transparent and competitive process.  Proposals must be submitted in English.

All proposals must be submitted electronically to on or before 23 May 2016.

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US$2.5 million land governance innovation projects approved

The Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) Project has set aside US$ 2.5 million to support security of land tenure of smallholder farmers in the Mekong Region.

After the rigorous process of project design and review, the MRLG Project is pleased to announce the approval by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) of 10 Innovation Fund Projects which were selected from a total of 58 proposals submitted in May 2015.   Each project will be receiving a grant of US$ 250,000 with project implementation starting in January 2016.   All projects are designed to be completed within 2 years.

Seven of the ten projects are country level initiatives designed to address specific land governance issue affecting Lao, Myanmar, and Viet Nam.  The remaining three projects are regional in scope across the four Mekong countries, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Viet Nam. These projects cover a wide range of land governance concerns from land rights awareness, land rights recognition, responsible land investment, to private sector engagement. They aim to influence improved policies and practices on land governance as well as build capacity of stakeholders in the sector to improve land tenure security of smallholder farmers, especially ethnic groups and women.

Project Title

Implementing Partners

Thematic Areas


Open Development Mekong East West Management Institute – Open Development Cambodia Large Scale Land Acquisition– Research for policy dialogue, Regulation, Legal Rights Awareness Regional (CLMV)
This project aims to contribute to the protection of land tenure rights for individuals, and sustainable development of the region from a social, economic and environmental perspective through increase public awareness, enabling individual analysis, improving information sharing, and informing rigorous debate.
Follow the Money Initiative Equitable Cambodia – Inclusive Development International Large Scale Land Acquisition Regulation – Private Sector engagement, Legal Rights Awareness Regional (CLMV)
This initiative aims to improve respect for land rights of smallholder farmers and communities through increased transparency and accountability of actors along investment chains connected to businesses in the Mekong region.
Multi-Scalar Evidence-Based Dialogue: A Regional Approach to Improving Smallholder Land Tenure Forest Trends Large Scale Land Acquisition Regulation – Research for policy dialogue Regional (CLMV)
Emerging research shows that a wide gulf exists between formal-legal and de facto smallholder land
tenure. This project highlights the complex interactions between various land uses and tenure-in-practice,
drawing on thesupport of an informed, skilled, vigilant, and transnationally connected policy research
community. It aims to improve various stakeholders’ capacity to conduct, defend, and use this research
in regional- and national-level policy processes, and facilitate dialogue with public- and privatesector
decision-makers to expand policy conversations about tenure beyond narrowly legalistic approaches.
Agri-business Engagement for Responsible Land Governance in Cambodia, Laos, Myamar, and

Viet Nam (CLMV)

Oxfam – Novib Large Scale Land Acquisition Regulation – Private Sector Engagement Regional (CLMV)
 This project will investigate improved models of agri-business engagement to contribute to responsible land governance in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV).
Land learning Initiative for Food security Enhancement (LIFE) Village Focus International – Land Issues Working Group Legal Rights Education Lao PDR
 Through enhancing the capacity of key stakeholders on land topics (government officials, civil society

organizations (CSOs), development partners (DPs), and villages) this initiative contributes to smallholder family farmers, especially women and those from ethnic groups, having secure and equitable land tenure to promote and protect their tenure rights.

Ayeyarwaddy Paralegal and Advocacy Project Land Core Group – Namati Large Scale Land Acquisition Regulation, Legal Rights Awareness Myanmar
 This project aims to improve local capacities and community-based legal support systems to resolve land conflicts and promote smallholder land tenure security in Myanmar.
Community Centered Land Governance Project – Community Driven Operational Grievance Mechanism Piloting in Thilawa SEZ Earth Rights International – Paung Ku Legal Rights Awareness, Conflict Transformation, Large Scale Land Acquisition Regulation – Private Sector Engagement Myanmar
 Communities in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will collaborate with land developers, including corporations and governments, to obtain access to community-driven, non-judicial remedies to address grievances.
Framework for Improved Reallocation of Forest Lands in Viet Nam Centre for Agriculture and Policy – Institute of Policy for Sustainable Agricultural Research Development Legal Rights Education – Recognition of Customary Tenure Viet Nam
 This project focuses on improving tenure of and equitable access to forest land of smallholding farmers and ethnic minorities – particularly on forest land transferred from forestry enterprises.
Citizen Monitoring of Land Governance in Viet Nam Oxfam – Landa Legal Rights Awareness – Public participation Viet Nam
 This initiative aims to secure land rights of small-scale farmers and ethnic minority communities
through evidence-based advocacy. It will work towards a more transparent and inclusive land
governance legal framework, withmeaningful participation of the citizens into processes to help
reduce land use-related conflicts in Viet Nam.
Facilitating the Formation of and Capacity Development for Viet Nam Forest Owners Association RECOFTC (The Centre for People and Forests) Recognition of Customary Tenure, Legal Rights Education. Viet Nam
 This initiative aims to empower local forest communities, particularly upland ethnic people, to effectively realize their rights to forests and land for optimum social, economic and environmental benefits.

Below are the 10 new projects of MRLG under IF Grant. You can get more details by clicking on the project title or downloading all 10 profile here.


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