Continue the Chat on Land Tenure through USAID’s New Massive Open Online Course
In July, Agrilinks hosted an Ask Ag Chat about Land Tenure and Governance. The discussion was lively, with individuals from the private sector, civil society, and multiple USAID Bureaus. While quite a few questions were answered, as a participant, I had the impression that we only touched the tip of the iceberg, which is why I am inviting the Agrilinks community to register for a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Land Tenure and Property Rights. It is a free, 14-week online course that starts on September 14 and runs through the end of 2015.
Thomas Jayne, Michigan State University, gives the video lecture for the Land Tenure, Food Security and Employment Policy Challenges module.
USAID developed the Land Tenure and Property Rights MOOC to increase understanding of the connections between land tenure and property rights and other issues being tackled by the global development community. The MOOC features lectures from leading researchers and practitioners - including experts from Yale University, Michigan State University, the International Organization for Migration, USAID, and others - presenting theories, evidence and best practices related to property rights in real-world settings. The course also examines case studies in Colombia, Haiti and Tanzania. This course is eligible for USAID University credit and participants will be awarded a certificate for completing this training. The MOOC is open to current or future international development professionals, particularly those involved with USAID or U.S. Government foreign assistance programming.
As we discussed in July’s Ask Ag Chat, rights to land and resources are at the center of our most pressing development issues, including food security, climate change and poverty reduction. From small-scale farmers to large commercial agribusinesses, secure land tenure and property rights create incentives for investment, contribute to broad-based economic growth, and encourage good stewardship of natural resources. Insecure property rights and weak land governance systems dampen incentives to invest labor or capital and often provoke conflict and instability, which can trap communities, countries, and entire regions in a cycle of poverty.
Please Note that USAID staff who wish to receive USAID University credit for the course must enroll though USAID University by visiting http://university.usaid.gov from a USAID networked-computer and searching for “MOOC.”