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FOLA Content Contribution Guidelines

FOLA audience and writing style:

  • FOLA’s main audiences are non-land tenure specialist members of the development community, including development practitioners and policy makers;
  • To be accessible to a broad development audience, FOLA content should:
    • Be written with a minimum of legal jargon;
    • Be evidence-based;
    • Incorporate concrete examples;
    • Draw from the most current information available;
    • Include non-textual and multimedia aspects

FOLA content subject matter:

  • Connects land and natural resource rights issues to other sectors of development work, addressing major Development Themes and/or Property Rights Issues on FOLA website.
  • Expands upon existing content to address land and natural resource rights in relationship to issues such as: climate change and land rights; community lands; health and land rights; best practices in land-based investments.

Major forms of content

Commentaries:

Can be written in third person or first person.  They offer a point of view on a particular subject, or share the experience of a particular project.  They are generally 400-750 words.  Commentaries should not primarily promote a particular organization or function as a press release.  Commentaries typically have 1 major round of editing by FOLA with the author, and the revised piece is copy-edited and proofed by FOLA.  Authors provide a photo of themselves, and can provide 1-2 photos related to the commentary.

Opinions:

Opinion pieces are similar to commentaries, but longer (750-1200 words).  They are written from the author’s individual perspective, and are meant to tackle somewhat broader topics than a commentary.  Opinions should not primarily promote a particular organization or function as a press release.  Opinion pieces typically have 1 major round of editing by FOLA with the author, and the revised piece is copy-edited and proofed by FOLA. Authors provide a photo of themselves.

Case studies/Impact Stories:  

These relatively short pieces of content should be from 600-1000 words.  They are intended to show the concrete impact of land or natural resource rights on people’s lives or livelihoods.  The text should be solution-oriented and include quotes from people involved in the project.  Case studies should be illustrated with photographs or graphics (approximately 1 graphic for every 200/250 words, with a minimum of two photographs).  The authors supply both text and graphics, including a photo of the author.  Case studies can be written in third or first person.  They can focus on a project, community, family or individual.

Overview Briefs: 

These concise briefs provide a framework and overview for a content section (such as climate change and land rights; community land; best practices in land investment; food security and land rights), and are 1,000 to 1,500 words.  They outline several critical issues, challenges and opportunities, and draw on at least one concrete illustrative example. Briefs are peer-reviewed by at least two people, and we aim for no more than two revisions before a brief is finalized.  Authors include citations, along with a reference list of at least three references. Briefs are peer-reviewed by at least two people, and there are often several revisions before a brief is accepted for publication. Authors provide text and photos, including a photo of the author, and other multi-media as appropriate to accompany the brief, or suggest sources for the same.

Standard Briefs:

provide an in-depth look at a particular topic regarding land or natural resource rights, and are 1,500-3,000 words (with shorter being better).  Briefs can be focused on a particular African country or topic focused and regional in scope, drawing examples from various countries.  Briefs typically present an issue or problem related to land or natural resource rights in Africa and its relationship to development; the ways in which it has been addressed; the impacts of the intervention/s; lessons learned; and ongoing work or initiatives.  They should incorporate at least two concrete examples of the issue, problem or proposed solution.  Citations are included, along with a reference list of up to 15 sources. Briefs are peer-reviewed by at least two people, and there may be 2-3 reviews/revisions before a brief is finalized.  Authors are requested to provide photos or other multi-media content to accompany the brief, or to suggest sources for the same.


Submittal process

  1. To suggest a topic and content category, email us at: focusonlandinafrica@gmail.com
  2. FOLA will evaluate the suggestion in relationship to our goals, and follow-up with you via email.
  3. We may ask you for more details, or to submit major points or a basic outline.
  4. If your idea is accepted, we will write a contract for both parties to sign.
  5. The contract will stipulate deliverables, timeline, and payment.
  6. Deliverables typically include: outline, first draft, revision, final draft (briefs may include two or more revisions); photos/graphics.

Compensation

FOLA offers a standard fee for each of individual piece of content, based on the content category.  FOLA reserves the right to reject any content that is inappropriate for our audience and goals.  FOLA works with authors to promote new content through social media outlets.

  • Commentaries and opinions:  $200
  • Case studies/Impact stories: $350
  • Briefs (overview and standard briefs): $800

If you have experience, insights or knowledge you'd like to share, or any questions, FOLA would be delighted to hear from you. Please email us at focusonlandinafrica@gmail.com

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