Global Land Forum 2018: The countdown begins


An opportunity for global exchange on land issues:

With people and organisations representing more that 60 participating countries, the Global Land Forum is one of a kind global platform to hear and to be heard. It os one of the largest land forums in the world.

Indonesia has been granted the opportunity to host the Global Land Forum (GLF), which to be organized during 24-26 September 2018 in Bandung.


Expected to be inaugurated by President Joko Widodo, and be attended by ministers from ILC member countries; Asia, Central Europe, Africa and Latin America, civil society organizations, UN agencies, government agencies, academics and community organizations, GLF 2018 is going to be an opportunity of a life time.

The National Organising Committee (NOC) was esatablished to be the key organiser of the event. The NOC is comprised of 16 community based organizations and civil society organizations as the members.

Some of the Ministries and Institutions that commit to participate are the Executive Office of the President (KSP), the Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial/National Land Agency (ATR/BPN), the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry (Kemendesa) and Provincial Government of West Java.

Why Bandung ?

Bandung in Indonesia was selected as the venue for the GLF 2018 to recall the history of independence struggle of Asia and Africa nations against colonialism. In 1955, the first Asian-African Conference was held in Bandung.

Themes and Issues for Discussion

Keeping the context of the land rights struggle in the participating countries, the issues are summarized under the following four major themes for the GLF 2018:

1) effective action against land grabbing;

2) revisiting genuine agrarian reform answering global development challenges;

3) ensuring food sovereignty; and

4) women’s and invisible groups struggle on land related-issues.

Women’s land rights as a centralised theme:

GLF 2018 recognises the importance of Women’s Land Rights movement in the context of global movement and has thus considered the issue as one of the main pillars of thematic thrust. The forum is thus a great platform to learn, understand and put forward local issues surrounding women’s land rights.

Hear and Be Heard. Be a part of Global Land Forum 2018.

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Women in Managerial Positions in Cooperative: Outcome of a Successful Leadership Training in Indonesia


A Community-based Leadership Training was conducted on 4th of October 2017 in Banten Province in Indonesia under the facilitation of organization RMI.

The event was conducted involving 32 women and 20 men in indigenous community (or adat community – as it is called-namely Kasepuhan Karang) located in Lebak Regency, Banten Province. The objective of the event was held was:

– To strengthen the community understanding in women’s role and rights in relations with the natural resources governance

– To strengthen the role of management of the cooperative planned by the community.

The understanding of the role of women grass-root leadership was not only strengthened through theoretical aspect of  training but the event eventually witnessed the win of the basic ideology of women’s leadership through the decisions taken in the process.


As an outcome of the training, the community agreed to choose all women on the cooperative managerial position. 5 women were elected as the head of the cooperative, 2 treasurers (1 accountant and 1 cashier), secretary and vice head of the cooperative. This is the first women-led cooperative that would exist in Kasepuhan communities, which consists of 522 communities in Lebak Regency.

This cooperative’s main task is to provide loan for the community members whose agro-forestry garden is located in their newly-launched customary forest, after decades of struggle against st-claim of the state that it was a state forest. Together with RMI, this management team of the cooperative will prepare the cooperative’s statutory that will be inclusive to women.