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Director, Environment and Natural Resources Practice Michael Brown

Michael Brown has more than 30 years of international development experience in natural resource management, community-based planning and decision-making, conservation, environmental compliance, NGO capacity building, agriculture, conflict management, food security, livelihoods, and pastoral production systems. Mr. Brown has worked in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and South Asia. He is currently the director of the Environment and Natural Resources Practice and program manager for the REPLACE IDIQ. Prior to joining Chemonics, he was president of Satya Development International LLC. Mr. Brown holds an M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in literature and third world studies.

Blog Posts by Michael Brown

Land and Property Rights Meet the SDGs: Reflections from the 2019 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference

It appears the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are wobbling along fitfully, and the general consensus among attendees at this year’s annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference seemed to be that we’re not on track to meet our goals related to land and property rights. This year’s conference offered a smorgasbord of lessons learned, applied…

6 Myths About Youth and Land

A few basic facts: there were 1.2 billion youth aged 15 to 24 years globally in 2015, accounting for one out of every six people worldwide. By 2030, the target date for achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the number of youth is projected to grow by 7 percent, to nearly 1.3 billion. Given…

Is “Secure Enough” Good Enough for Land Tenure? A Case Study from Rwanda

What is “secure enough” tenure? The concept of “secure enough” tenure has been discussed in the context of humanitarian and post-disaster programming and increasingly through donor initiatives. In our new paper, we adopt the following definition of secure enough tenure, established by USAID: “[T]he benchmark of tenure security [is] when rights to land and natural…