LIFE and the Mennonite Friendship Organization (MCC) have a joint venture agreement to provide community awareness on land law and land dispute resolution, with Life providing ongoing training and mentoring to strengthen NGO staff and partners.
Between 2020 and 2021, LIFE provided several trainings on traditional land tenure to the MCC team in charge of the project ” Strengthening Land and Agricultural Land Management for Sustainable Development in Pek District, Xieng Khouang Province “. This case study aims to gain an understanding of traditional land tenure in the three target villages of MCC in Xieng Khouang, and to study the results of LIFE training for project staff and government partners and to apply the knowledge gained from the training to the community.
From the interviews with the district team, the Mennonite and Villagers Friendship Organization staff found that the LIFE project training not only strengthened their skills as facilitators of law dissemination but also had a positive impact on participants’ ability to analyze and respond to community emergencies. This is evidenced by the quality reporting of community-based law enforcement knowledge that communities have an understanding of land law in the topics covered, as well as the process of resolving land disputes that villagers face.
This case study was prepared by the LIFE project with funding from the European Union.