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IASC Institutional Supporters

These are the institutional supporters who contribute to IASC. Please see the Support section for details on how to become IASC's Institutional Supporter.


The Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) is one of several inter-center initiatives of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) created to foster research and promote collaboration on institutional aspects of natural resource management between CGIAR research centers, national agricultural research institutions, and other sources.


Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
CIFOR advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is one of 15 centres within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).


As ‘ecological security’ is the foundation of sustainable and equitable development, the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is committed to strengthening, reviving or restoring, where necessary, the process of ecological succession and the conservation of land, forest and water resources in the country.


Our team focuses on the emergence, functioning and management of institutions for collective action, which are institutions that are built and managed by the stakeholders themselves in order to tackle certain problems. Our main interest goes to explaining what is needed to create (very) long-enduring CPRs, of which we find many in European history, such as commons, craft guilds, beguinages, waterboards, co-operatives, mutuals, friendly societies etc.


The Rights and Resources Initiative is a strategic coalition of international, regional and community organizations engaged in conservation, research and development.
Together, we are working to encourage greater global commitment and action on pro-poor tenure, policy and market reforms.

Development Management Institute

The IASC gladly welcomes the Development Management Institute (DMI) as a new institutional member of the IASC. DMI was set up on February 13, 2014, pursuant to a desire of the Government of Bihar, India, to establish a High Performing Knowledge Institution (HPKI) patterned on the founding vision of Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). The establishment of IRMA was based on the firm belief that the livelihoods of small producers and marginalized people can be enhanced by organising them to form participation-based, democratically managed institutions that leverage the strengths of collectives and build enduring partnerships with professionals for reaping the benefits of technology and market integration. Inspired by and recognizing the growing need for development management professionals, the Government of Bihar took the initiative to establish DMI as an autonomous institution. The rationale of DMI is best captured in its mission "To empower and usher in participatory governance and management of institutions, enterprises and resources for enhancing livelihoods and generating sustainable development".

DMI endeavours to empower grassroots through:
- creating a cadre of Development Management Professionals through post-graduate academic teaching programme;
- enhancement of Competencies for Development Management Praxis, through Competencies Enhancement Programmes (CEP);
- orientation of Vision, Values and Leadership Practices towards Good Governance;by working with organisations and institutions at different levels; and
- engagement in networked trans-disciplinary Action Research and Policy Advocacy, through its Collaborative Action Research and Education (CARE) centres.



LANDac – the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development – brings together researchers, policy makers, development practitioners and business professionals in the field of land governance and development. With a focus on new pressures and competing claims on land and natural resources, the LANDac network conducts research, disseminates information, and organizes courses and training. Our guiding question is how to optimize the link between land governance, sustainable development and poverty alleviation. LANDac is a partnership led by, and based at, the International Development Studies group (IDS) of Utrecht University; its partners include the African Studies Centre, Agriterra, the Sociology of Development and Change (SDC) group of Wageningen University, HIVOS, the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Land governance is about the management of diverging interests, competing claims, and processes of inclusion and exclusion with respect to land. As the rules of access to land and the nature of property regimes change, it is also about processes of institutional change, and covers a wide range of topics including tenure rights, land administration, land use, and systems for dispute resolution. Land governance choices are influenced by paradigms related to agricultural development, private sector development, public administration, law, gender equity, indigenous rights, and environmental governance among others. Today, a range of new and often opposing pressures and interests need to be reconciled. Land governance needs to strike a balance between protecting rights and promoting the most productive uses of land, and between economic progress, sustainable land use and social justice.

In addition to contributing to the knowledge base on land governance, LANDac organizes an annual summer school ‘Land Governance for Development’ in Utrecht, the Netherlands (July 2016), country-specific learning trajectories, national and international events, conferences and forums, and works closely together with partners from universities, NGOs, governments and the private sector in linking knowledge to policy and practice.

Website LANDac

Triodos Foundation new supporting member of IASC

As of June 2016, Triodos Foundation has joined the IASC as supporting member for the period 2016-2020. Triodos Foundation has over 40 years of experience within working with gift money for the purpose of a sustainable society and a greater quality of life. Triodos Foundation's aim is to stimulate national and international initiatives that instigate social renewal, especially in organic farming, development, the environment, sustainable energy, arts and culture, education and health care.

Triodos Foundation serves as an intermediary between donors and a broad range of projects. The donor is provided with professional advice, suiting their specific values and requirements. The IASC is very glad to welcome Triodos Foundation as supporting member.

Website Triodos Foundation

Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Bern

Founded in 1966 in the historical city centre of Bern as a small ethnological seminar the Institute of Social Anthropology has developed into one of the largest institutes in the German-speaking regions, with four full professors, one associate professor and many lecturers. It now accommodates a total of around 350 students. The institute offers a BA study program as well as a general Master and a specialized master on Anthropology of Transnationalism and the State (ATS). It participates in the international Master’s Program CREOLE and participates in the Swiss Graduate School in Social Anthropology. Research is carried out on topical and politically relevant subjects such as climate change, land grabbing, common property, human rights and national borders, precarious work, transnational production, the global social movement of people and the role of the new media in creating cultural identity, as well as into traditional areas such as gift-giving, family relationships, religious practices and ecology.



The Natural Resources Institute is interdisciplinary. We integrate knowledge gained from the natural and social sciences to develop holistic perspectives on environmental and natural resources management problems. Research conducted at the NRI may have an economic, social, or ecological perspective, or may integrate all three disciplines.


The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is a leading research and teaching centre with an international reputation for high quality applied research and critical scholarship.
PLAAS engages in research, training, policy development and advocacy in relation to land and agrarian reform, rural governance and natural resource management.


The mission of The Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems is to advance communication between academic communities (economists, political scientists, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, and others) that study the role of institutions and governance structures in social-ecological systems and their transformation. It is an open platform for both advanced and young scholars to work symbiotically.

Utrecht University, Strategic Research Theme 'Institutions'

Institutions for Open Societies is one of the strategic themes of Utrecht University. The strength of societies is to a large extent determined by the quality of their institutions, which are the formal and informal frameworks for human interaction. These institutions – laws, customs, networks, organizations, etc. – enable or constrain the realization of an open, democratic and equitable society. They also determine a society’s ability to absorb shocks and its sustainability.

At Utrecht University, scholars from the fields of economics, history, public administration, culture, law, sociology, social psychology, ethics, innovation studies, and geography join forces to find answers to the following key questions: Why do societies develop so divergently? And how do institutions contribute to the formation of open and sustainable societies?


The LABoratory for the GOVernance of Commons (“LabGov“) is a place of experimentation in all respects. However, instead of alembics and tubes you can find students, scholars, experts, activists thinking and discussing about the future shapes that social, economic and legal institutions may take.

AFD - French Development Agency

Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is a financial institution and the main implementing agency for France’s official development assistance to developing countries and overseas territories.

Website AFD


In, the Y means why, because we care about the meanings of internet. The final .org means non-profit, common good, it’s a mark of respect for the collective wisdom in today's information society. Founded in 1998 with support by the Swiss government, in 2006 it was transformed from an association to a foundation, in order to function as an independent body within civil society. Based at the university campus of Battelle (Geneva, Switzerland), is serving public interest in multilateral projects and private-public partnerships. Foundation, through its scientific committee (a full list of our members is available via this link) is gathering renown experts (e.g. Jacques Vallée known for his work at SRI International on the network information center for the ARPANET) in finance and technology with result-oriented successful micro-entrepreneurs, experienced on managing societal transitions. Ynternet describes its raison d’etre in one single key word : netizenship, alias citizenship on the net. uses its pivotal networking role to invite and engage academic institutions, businesses, and entrepreneurs to create a community of practice around an intra-community infrastructure in collaboration with other organizations in Switzerland, notably HES-SO, cooperatives, business communities, and entrepreneurs. brings together 60-80 yearly contributors, including experts, social entrepreneurs and volunteers, contributing to this mission of promoting responsible behavior in digital environment, with activities focused on:
– research and training on behavior in the internet
– campaigns on responsible behavior
– designing and gardening communities of practices

Website Ynternet

Open Spaces Society

The Open Spaces Society (OSS) was founded in 1865 as the Commons Preservation Society and is Britain’s oldest national conservation body. Over the last century the society has preserved commons for the enjoyment of the public. It has also been active in protecting the historical and vital rights-of-way network through England and Wales. OSS's principal work includes helping our members (currently 2,300+ in Wales and England) protect their local common land, town and village greens, open spaces and public paths, and answering their queries. The OSS advises the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs and the National Assembly for Wales on applications for works on common land, and is notified by local authorities whenever there is a proposal to alter the route of a public right of way. We campaign for changes in legislation to protect paths and spaces.


Cooperativa Sociale Camelot

Camelot is a cooperative that provides services in education and in intercultural and social cohesion. Camelot is active in the territories of Ferrara and Bologna to encourage inclusiveness and autonomy of people in need through social recovery paths and job placement . The cooperative has a young management team that, with competence and specific expertise, ensures daily quality services and continuous research of best practices to provide the highest degree of reliability possible for the institutions and partners involved. Since its launch in 1999, Camelot has represented an innovative experience, generating a continuous and constant growth. Today, the cooperative employs over 200 people (mostly women, aged between 19 and 45 years) who are turning paths of professional development by enhancing the abilities of each to benefit the needs of all.


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