Author Profile: Robert Buergenthal

Robert Buergenthal
At the time this piece was written, Robert M. Buergenthal was Chief Program Officer for Landesa. Buergenthal has over twenty years of senior international development experience, having served in management, legal and specialist capacities with NGOs, bilateral donors, the private sector and international organizations. Before his tenure at Landesa, he served as Director, Programs Management with the International Development Law Organization based in Rome, Italy and previously worked with The World Bank Group, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw, Poland; Chemonics International, USAID, and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica. Buergenthal speaks Spanish and holds a B.A., (summa cum laude), in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Peace, land and the development challenge

Sep 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

This post originally appeared on Devex as part of their Land Matters campaign. The Millennium Summit follow-up report of the U.N. secretary-general proclaims that “there can be no peace without development and no development without peace.” The report also identifies effective governance …
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Helping the Invisible

Jul 31, 2013 in Land Rights

More than 17 million rural families—children, women and men—across India are invisible. They are invisible to the government and to society because they do not own any land. They do not appear in any government records and that means they …
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Connecting Rule of Law and Land Rights

Jul 08, 2013 in Rule of Law

During my two decades of work as a promoter of good governance and the Rule of Law, I have seen interest in the field ebb and flow. In the 60s and 70s, the Law and Development Movement centered on developing …
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Common Ground: The Rule of Law and Land Rights

Oct 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

The international development community has long been dedicated to strengthening the “rule of law.” And with good reason. It is generally accepted that unless people are equal before the law and entitled to its benefits, sustainable economic growth, a vibrant …
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