Technische Universität München (TUM), the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) through UN-Habitat and the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) have an ongoing collaboration project. The goal is to develop a pro-poor land-use planning for tenure security (LUP) tool. The tool has a particular focus on applications in developing countries and incorporating experiences and good practices from other organizations. It also includes the development of an e-learning package from the land-use planning for tenure security tool. The e-learning package is useful for independent e-learning by students or trainees, as well as serving as a training tool for lecturers or trainers in capacity development involving LUP for tenure security initiatives.
Currently, many developing countries are investing in land registration systems and the improvement of land administration systems with the aim of reducing land conflicts and attaining efficient land markets. These are laudable initiatives by developing country governments to create reliable land records and improve tenure security for landowners, users and all that have legitimate interests in land. Often, land-use planning initiatives exist in these countries but are not sufficiently linked with tenure security.
Land-use planning and tenure security status have one thing in common – both have a significant impact on land values. It is acknowledged that the land tenure security status exerts a significant impact on land prices and hence affordability. It is equally accepted that land-use planning has a similar effect. Surprisingly, there is limited evidence of the two being considered in combination. Why have these land-use planning initiatives not been explored as complementary steps for widening the margins of tenure security improvements in developing countries? The primary goal of this project is to discern how these two aspects of land management, land-use planning and tenure security, should combine to exert an even greater impact on tenure security. Building on the experiences and works of GLTN partners and other key institutions, this tool responds to the tenure needs of developing countries. When fully developed, the land-use planning for tenure security tool will be linked to additional tools for country-level implementation.