Cairo, Egypt - The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) partners, UN-Habitat, the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) and the University of East London (UEL) recently held a learning event on land and tenure security in the Muslim World in Cairo, Egypt.
The event brought together 25 change agents drawn from different background, organisations and countries in the Arab states to focus on Islamic land framework, law and methodologies, Islamic human rights and land tenures, waqf, inheritance laws and systems as well as women access to land, property and micro-finance. Through interactive presentations, lively group work and discussions on case studies developed by presenters and participants, the group developed its capacity to use Islamic principles to increase access to land and property rights for all.
"Different country experiences presented enriched my knowledge on tenure and compatibility of the Islamic rules with women rights" noted Razan Abdulwahab, an architect from Syria with expertise in informal settlements.
Training materials developed by the Global Land Tool Network formed the basis of the discussion. Practical experiences and approaches, particularly on how to develop and implement pro poor and gender responsive land policies enriched the learning exchange.
According to Syria's Zouka Karzon, the event highlighted the importance of evaluation of core strengths, building on them and doing away with any weaknesses attached to it through time.
At the end of the learning event, participants developed individual plans of action with deliberate efforts towards the most vulnerable in their own contexts.
"It was a great opportunity and a wonderful occasion to exchange ideas and lessons from across a range of Arab and Muslim World. There are lots of lessons and ideas to apply in our respective countries" commented Yousif Ahmed, UNDP representative from Sudan.
With renewed vaitality, additional champions, and a focus on emerging land priorities for the Muslim world, the Global Land Tool Network of partners will continue working on this important area of work to secure land and property rights for all.