Land Rights

A primary mission of Earth Rights Institute s to promote policies and programs which further democratic rights to common heritage resources. We do this in many ways.

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Economic Policies

We are working for a "triple bottom line" economy that is pro people, pro planet and pro fairly earned profit. Our intention is to end abject poverty, environmental degradation and war and to build a world of peace and well-being for all.

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Human Rights

We demand reparations (for the murders, rapes, and disease inflicted on a region of the country) on behalf of the people of the Ivory Coast.

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We are engaged in informing the public about land value capture as a revenue policy as well as the need for re-envisioning current development models in order to end abject poverty and environmental degradation, and to promote peaceful conflict resolution.

How do we advocate policy implementation?

Advocacy goes hand in hand with education.  Earth Rights Institute advocates policy implementation and movement building through educational initiatives, lobbying and outreach activities.

Our pilot implementation project was launched in Pretoria, South Africa, and was coordinated by Tunde Dairo. Eighty people enrolled for the online course and participants conducted research, as well, a public forum was held. The project was funded through a grant from the International Union for Land Value Taxation (IU), and helped us build a clear direction for future projects.

In November we launched a project in Caracas, Venezuela, led by Dr. Quisia Gonzalez, a land and human rights professor at the Henry George School of Social Science. Our Caracas parnters, The Prout Research Institute was Quisia's host organization for the time she was there. Our funding partner organizations for this project are the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and the IU.


Our course currently has more than 900 people from 95 countries enrolled!

Our online course and certificate training program

Registered individuals and groups can learn

  • Basics of land value capture
  • Land tools

Our course promotes the recommendation of these agendas and plans to promote the public revenue policy of Land Value Capture as a means of implementing Local Agenda 21 sustainable community plans, meeting the Millennium Development Goals, and providing much needed community services in developing nations.

This program was developed under the direction of Earth Rights Institute with funding from the Global Land Tool Network, the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, and the International Union for Land Value Taxation. Find out more about the course:  Land Rights, Land Value Taxation and Commons Rent.


Order Alanna's book,The Earth Belongs to Everyone: A Collection of Articles and Essays. Themes include Democracy, Earth Rights and the Next Economy; Sharing Our Common Heritage; Land for People, Not for Profit; Financing Local to Global Public Goods; Women, Earth and Economic Power; From Warfare to Earthshare.

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About Earth Rights Institute

The Earth is the birthright of all people

Earth Rights Institute (ERI) is designed to be an equilateral knowledge platform, where local people collaborate with academics and development professionals, both local and foreign, by exchanging skills, experiences, and knowledge to solve crucial development issues such as widespread poverty, land right disputes and environmental degradation.

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