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CoFLASThe Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), in collaboration with the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), lantmateriet (the Swedish Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registration Authority), Kadaster International (the Netherlands) and other key partners and stakeholders, has embarked on an exercise of developing a tool that can assist policy makers and practitioners in developing countries adopt appropriate tools and methodologies that will facilitate and sustain the provision of land services in an efficient, cost effective and inclusive manner. The exercise aims to develop a methodology Costing and Financing of Land Administration Services (CoFLAS) in Developing Countries. In doing so, it will help realize the tool that is refered to as "modernizing land agencies budgetary approach." The project is being undertaken by Land Equity International (LEI) of Australia under the overall leadership and supervision FIG, Lantmateriet and the GLTN.

As a part of this tool development exercise, a workshop was held in Gavle, Sweden from 14-15 October 2013. The objective of the workshop was to assess the progress that has been made in designing the tool development methodology and undertaking country case studies which is the core element of the methodlogy. The workshop attracted 20 senior experts from the Dutch Kadaster, Statkart Norway, Danish Geodata Agency, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Lesotho Land Administration Authority, FIG, GLTN and Albania Land Registry. Georgia and New Zealand also contributed to the workshop by providing information that the tool development work requires.

Overall, the participating agencies helped test the country case study questionnaire or provided information that helped generate some preliminary results and vitally useful feedback which is being used to calibrate the research methodology. The experts drawn from those agencies also made substantive contributions by sharing experiences on how costing and financing practices evolved in their organizations, analyzing the strengths and shortcomings of their systems, and identifying transferable good practices, etc. After intense, but fruitful deliberations, the workshop concluded with the following, among others, observations. The case studies that have thus far been documented from are useful, but inadequate. Therefore, there is a need to step up the engagement to get additional case studies in order to enhance representativeness and the relevance of case studies as a basis for the costing and financing methodology development.

Also, the workshop noted that the tool development exercise would be a long and complex exercise due to the many unknowns including the huge diversity in opportunities, challenges, and risks that prevail in countries where the tool is likely to be piloted and implemented. The workshop further underlined the importance of piloting the tool and soliciting feedback through the FIG and other global and regional organizations and networks that work with land agencies in developing countries.

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Email: gltn[at]unhabitat.org

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