This week, the impact of US President Donald Trump's immigration ban highlighted the personal impact policy can have on individuals and families.
The human story also can't be ignored when it comes to land policies. We wrote about the thousands of suicides among farmers in India - more than 8,000 in 2015 alone. The Hindu focused in on just one such tragic case - reporting that another farmer had killed himself after being forced to give up his land to the government, who are building a reservoir.
As protests raged around the world, Malia Obama attended a Dakota Access Pipeline protest at the Sundance Film Festival - a reminder that a new generation of land rights activists are engaging and ready to take charge.
- Sally Hayden