Introducing Mino Ramaroson as Regional Coordinator – Africa & Global Land Specialist
The Huairou Commission is pleased to welcome Ms. Mino Ramaroson as Regional Coordinator – Africa, as of January 2017; Mino took on the additional title of Global Land Specialist beginning March 15, 2017.
Mino draws from many years of experience in rural development and land governance in Africa. Launching her career in her own country of Madagascar, Mino worked with the national NGO HARDI on different social development programs, including land reform. She was instrumental in the growth of a national land platform and served as its Vice Chairwoman for almost 6 years, also supporting national consultations for the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT). Before being recruited by the International Land Coalition (ILC) in Zimbabwe to serve first in communication and networking, and then as Africa Regional Coordinator, Mino became involved in grassroots organizing and rural women’s empowerment when meeting the rural women’s federation Federasionan’ny Vehivavy Tantsaha Eto Madagasikara (FVTM). She has additionally worked with UNESCO and UNICEF on alternative education programs for youth, economic development, and disaster recovery.
From these experiences, Mino brings to Huairou an expertise in regional land policy and advocacy. She was involved in the development of the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa led by the African Union Commission, and supporting implementation and partnership building for the Kilimanjaro Initiative, which gained widespread recognition including from the AU Summit. She has also worked on creating and piloting stakeholder engagement strategies and platforms on land issues; this is a tool she would like to put into practice in the Huairou network, leading to the formation of a core working group on land that could share experiences from different regions. As she observed, “We have in Africa all these initiatives that are ongoing, like the Kilimanjaro. I think that we can look at if it is also relevant for the other regions.” Mino would furthermore like to strengthen Huairou’s institutional partnerships on women and land, and she sees the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) – to be focused on rural women’s empowerment – as a key venue for showcasing our joint achievements.