Pre-screening letter for practitioners

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Pre-screening letter for practitioners

This letter is meant to be used by people intending to start the nomination process of a practitioner candidate they deem fit to receive the Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons.

Please fill all sections of this letter and submit it to not later than the 15th of June, 2018. The Pre-screening letter should be submitted along with: a) the 2 required recommendation letters from academics, local communities or local, regional, national or international governmental or non-governmental organizations, which are external to the nominated practitioner and which have worked with them in areas relevant to the Award, and b) a copy of a document which proves the existence of the group.

Please bear in mind that this letter is expected to be between 6 and 8 pages long. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Name of nominator:


Institution of the nominator:

Position of the nominator in the institution:

Name of practitioner to be nominated:

Long Term Commitment

How has the work of the nominated practitioner been committed to a long-term agenda on the commons? How does the practitioner plan to continue this work in the future?


How has the practitioner been able to manage the commons they work with under changing conditions? Has the practitioner developed new commons or new ways to manage commons? How has the work of the practitioner innovated commons management, use and/or defense?

Cooperation with other commons users

Has the practitioner needed cooperation with other individuals or groups to manage commons? How has the practitioner avoided or managed conflict with other commons users? Does the practitioner has conflict-resolution mechanisms with other commons-users of the same and of different communities or groups?

Equitable governance

Is the property right system the practitioner promotes equitable with women, youth and vulnerable groups (such as ethnic minorities)? Are women, youth and social minorities promoted by the practitioner to participate in the governance of such commons? How do they participate in the management of these commons?

Impact on commons and communities

What impact has the practitioner had in the development of public policy, changes of laws, programs or the formal property-rights regime? Have the activities done by the practitioner promoted better living conditions for disadvantaged people or the acquisition of new rights?

Management of commons based on sustainability

Has the practitioner promoted rules which seek that present commons are available for future generations? Have they developed specific activities towards this aim with the commons they work with?

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