Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI) Research Programme

Principal Investigators: Jesse Ribot (University of Illinois), James Murombedzi (CODESRIA), Ebrima Sall (CODESRIA), and Edmund Barrow (IUCN)

 

The Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI) was a 5-year, 14-country, comparative research and training program, focusing on environmental governance in Africa. The RFGI is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and executed by the Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa (CODESRIA), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The initiative was coordinated by a team of four co-directors, three postdoctoral fellows, and thirty-four researchers working in twelve African countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda -- and two additional cases in Nepal and Peru.

RFGI was designed to research “responsive and accountable decentralization” in forestry, so as to strengthen the representation of forest-based rural populations in decision-making. The program worked to identify ways to enhance responsive and adaptive governance processes that reduce vulnerability, enhance wellbeing, and improve forest management. Responsive and adaptive governance are crucial to equitable and sustainable strategies for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD), and for promoting climate adaptation.

 

The Initiative trained young, in-country policy researchers in order to build an Africa-wide network of environmental governance analysts. RFGI also invited independently funded researchers from other regions of the world to participate in the program. The results from Africa are compared in the RFGI publications with results from studies carried out by collaborators in Asia and South America to enhance RFGI comparative scope, and to broaden its geographic policy relevance.

RFGI Outputs (see related documents below)

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Status: Completed – although a second phase RFGI type initiative is under development.

Note that publications listed below will also be found under other projects since publications have been matched to as many projects as they are relevant to. The Institutional Choice and Recognition research page and the EAA pages are closely related to this work -- democracy and environment. The Working Papers RFGI are only listed here. They have not been listed in other research projects. Please also note that the link to spinoff publications above will lead you to over 100 additional excellent papers by the RFGI team. 

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Working Papers

Anderson, Emily, Hisham Zerriffi. 2014. The Effects of REDD+on Forest People in AfricaAccess, Distribution,and Participation in Governance. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (1). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Mutasa, Mukundi. 2012. Review of REDD+ and Carbon-Forestry Projects in RFGI Countries. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (2). CODESRIA: Dakar. More details under RESEARCH/RFGI tabs.

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Rutt. Rebecca L. 2012. Social Protection in REDD+ Initiatives: A Review. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (3). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Kashwan, Prakash. 2012. Studying Local Representation: A Critical Review. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (4). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Jesse C. Ribot. 2012. Choix, reconnaissance et effets de la décentralisationsur la démocratie. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot et Gretchen Walters (eds.) Document De Travail Du RFGI (5). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Nuesiri, Emmanuel O. . 2012. The Re-emergence of Customary Authority and its Relation with Democratic Government. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (6). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Hiraldo, Rocio. 2015. Calling for Democracy? Villagers Experience of the Production of Class Relations for ecotourism and Carbon Markets in Niombato, Senegal. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (7). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Samb, Coumba Dem . 2015. Quand la représentation résulte à des fragmentations d'identités de genre. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot et Gretchen Walters (eds.) Document De Travail Du RFGI (8). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Oyono, Phil René . 2015. Gouvernance climatique dans le Bassin du Congo: reconnaissance des institutions ed redistribution . James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot et Gretchen Walters (eds.) Document De Travail Du RFGI (9). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Oyono, Phil René et Floribert Ntungila-Nkama. 2015. Zonage des terres, conservation des paysages et représentation locale déboîtée en RD Congo. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot et Gretchen Walters (eds.) Document De Travail Du RFGI (10). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Nuesiri, Emmanuel O. 2015. Representation in REDD: NGOs and Chiefs Privileged over Elected Local Government in Cross River State, Nigeria. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (11). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Yamo, Antang. 2015. Représentation locale compromise dans la gestion de la rente forestière communautaire au sud-est Cameroun. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot et Gretchen Walters (eds.) Document De Travail Du RFGI (12). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Samndong, Raymond Achu. 2015. Institutional Choice and Fragmented Citizenship in Forestry and Development Interventions in Bikoro Territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (13). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Namara, Agrippinah . 2015. At the Expense of Democracy: Payment for Ecosystem Services in Hoima District, Uganda. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (14). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Marfo, Emmanuel. 2015. The Illusion of Democratic Representation in the REDD Readiness Consultation Process in Ghana. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (15). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Susan Wangui Chomba. 2015. REDD+ Institutional Choice and the Implications for Local Democracy in the Kasingau Corridor, Kenya. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (16). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Faye, Papa. 2015. From Recognition to Derecognition in Senegal's Forests: Hemming in Democratic Representation via Technical Claims. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (17). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Billy Kakelengwa Mbilizi et Aphonse Maindo Monga Ngonga. 2015. Déficit de redevabilité dans la gestion dela rente forestière communautaire Le cas de Yasekwe en Province Orientale(République démocratique du Congo). James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot et Gretchen Walters (eds.) Document De Travail Du RFGI (18). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Eteme, David. 2015. Gouvernance de la redevance forestière annuelle et citoyenneté au Cameroun Analyse des dynamiques locales autour de la redevabilitéet leçons pour la REDD+. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot et Gretchen Walters (eds.) Document De Travail Du RFGI (19). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Karambiri, Mawa. 2015. Démocratie locale « en berne » ou péripéties d’un choix institutionnel « réussi » dans la gestion forestière décentralisée au Burkina Faso. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot et Gretchen Walters (eds.) Document De Travail Du RFGI (20). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Makalamba, Patrick Matata et Phil René Oyono. 2015. Choix institutionnel, gestion autoritaireet privatisation de la rente forestière communautaire en Province Orientale(République démocratique du Congo). James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot et Gretchen Walters (eds.) Document De Travail Du RFGI (21). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Baruah, Manali. 2015. Effect of Institutional Choices on Representation in a Community Resource Management Area in Ghana. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot et Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (22). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Ece, Melis. 2015. Representation through Privatisation: Regionalisation of Forest Governance in Tambacounda, Senegal. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (23). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Mandondo, Alois, Poonam Jusrut. 2015. Waiting for Democratic Representation in Africa's Social Forests. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (24). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Ruta, Doreen. 2015. Assuming Women's Representation in Carbon Forestry Projects: The Nile Basin Reforestation Project No. 3 in Uganda. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (25). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Côte, Muriel. 2015. Autochthony, Democratisation and Forest: The Politics of Choice in Burkina Faso. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (26). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Oyono, Phil René , Deng-Athoi Galuak. 2015. Land Governance, Local Authorities and Unrepresentative Representation in Rural South Sudan: A Preliminary Exploration. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (27). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Osei-Wusu Adjei, Prince. 2015. Decentralization, Institutional Choice and the Production of Disgruntled Community Representation under the Modified Taungya Forest Management System in Ghana. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (28). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Mbeche, Robert. 2015. REDD Stakeholder Consultation: Symbolic Or Substantive Democratic Representation in Preparing Uganda for REDD+?. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (29). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Kijazi, Martin H.. 2015. Resources, Rents, Representation and Resistance: The Struggle for just Conservation on Mount Kilimanjaro. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (30). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Mandondo, Alois. 2015. Examining the Democracy Outcomes of Environmental Subsidiary: The Case of a Carbon Forestry Initiative from Central Mozambique. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (31). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Jusrut, Poonam. 2015. The Process of Institutional Choice and Recognition for Decentralized Forest Management in Charcoal-Producing Zones of Tambacounda, Senegal. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (32). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Agyei, Frank K. 2015. Chiefs, Representation and Non-Citizenshipin Forestry Lessons from the Social Responsibility Agreement in Ghana. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (33). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Ribot, J. 2016. ‘RFGI Handbook I: Leveraging Local Democracy through Forestry’ Responsive Forest Governance Initiative Working Paper No. 34, Dakar: CODESRIA/ IUCN/ University of Illinois.

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Barrow,Edmund, Gretchen Walters, Barbara Nakangu, Kenneth Angu Angu, Saadia Bobtoya, Regina Cruz, Sophie Kutegeka, Moumini Savado. 2016. RFGI Handbook II: Implementing Improved Natural Resources Governance in Practice. James Murombedzi, Jesse Ribot and Gretchen Walters (eds.) RFGI Working Paper (35). CODESRIA: Dakar.

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Related Documents

Ece, Melis, James Murombedzi and Jesse Ribot (eds.). 2017. “Disempowering Democracy: Local Representation in Community and Carbon Forestry in Africa,” Conservation and Society. 15(4): 357-370. Special Issue on Rights, Representation and REDD+. This is a collection of seven articles from seven researchers in the five-year thirteen-country thirty-five case study comparative research program the Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI). More details under RESEARCH/RFGI tabs.

BOOKS & SPECIAL ISSUES

BOOKS & SPECIAL ISSUES

Ribot, J. 2017. ‘Choose Democracy: Guidance for Democratizing through Natural Resource Management Interventions,’ a Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI) policy brief of the Swedish International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD) with CODESRIA, IUCN and University of Illinois [Also available in French 2018 as ‘Choisir la démocratie : la gestion des ressources naturelles pour les décideurs, bailleurs de fonds, et agents de terrain’].

POLICY RESEARCH BRIEFS

POLICY RESEARCH BRIEFS

UIUC Final Report to RFGI

PROJECT DOCUMENTS

PROJECT DOCUMENTS

Ribot, J. 2015. ‘Leveraging Local Democracy through Forestry.’ A Natural Resource Management Implementation Policy Brief and Handbook. Responsive Forest Governance Initiative, CODESRIA, IUCN and University of Illinois

WORKING PAPERS

WORKING PAPERS

Ribot, J. 2014. “Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI): A Research Update” Perspectives: Research Notes & News. Vol. 32, No. 1. See RESEARCH/RFGI page.

BOOK REVIEWS, FORWARDS, AND NON-REVIEWED ARTICLES

BOOK REVIEWS, FORWARDS, AND NON-REVIEWED ARTICLES

Murombedzi, J., L. Magole, M. Hara, S. Turner, Jesse Ribot. 2013. “Managing African Commons: Defragmenting Management and Responsive Forest Governance Policy Forum” CODESRIA Bulletin, Nos. 3 & 4, 2013 Page 67.

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

Murombedzi, James and Jesse Ribot. 2012. “Occupy Nature: Representation as the Basis of Emancipatory Environmentalism,” Vivre Autrement: La magazine des autres mondes possibles. ENDA 23 June 2012.

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

Ribot, J., and Anne Larson. 2012. Reducing REDD risks: Affirmative policy on an uneven playing field. International Journal of the Commons Vol. 6, No. 2.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Ribot, J. 2011. ‘Seeing REDD for Local Democracy: A Call for Democracy Standards’ Common Voices, Vol. 3, January 2011, pp. 14-16.

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

Ribot, J. and Anne M. Larson. 2011. ‘Reducing REDD Risks: Affirmative Policy on an Uneven Playing Field’, In T. Sikor & J. Stahl (eds.) 2011. Forests and People: Property, Governance, and Human Rights. London: Earthscan.

BOOK CHAPTERS

BOOK CHAPTERS

Sikor, Thomas, Johannes Stahl, Thomas Enters, Jesse Ribot, Neera Singh, William D. Sunderlin, and Lini Wollenberg. 2010. REDD-plus, forest people’s rights and nested climate governance. Global Environmental Change. Vol. 20, No.3.

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

EDITORIALS AND COMMENTS

Ribot, J. 2004. Waiting for Democracy: The Politics of Choice in Natural Resource Decentralizations. Washington: World Resources Institute. [Published in French in 2007.]

BOOKS & SPECIAL ISSUES

BOOKS & SPECIAL ISSUES

List of Presentations Made by the RFGI Team

PROJECT DOCUMENTS

PROJECT DOCUMENTS

Other RFGI Publications -- List of 115 books, articles and other documents

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RFGI Newsletters

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RFGI Newsletter Vol 1.1

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RFGI Newsletter Vol 2.1

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RFGI Newsletter Vol 2.2

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RFGI Newsletter Vol 3.1

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