The GLTN Learning Event with grassroots organizations on pro-poor land tools was held last November 1-2, 2015 at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD). The event aims to highlight the value of engaging with grassroots organizations to promote pro-poor and gender sensitive land interventions at country level. It also provides an in-depth exposure to the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM), one of the land tools which GLTN developed and is being implemented in rural and urban civil society clusters around the world.

GLTN conducts a learning event on pro-poor land tools for grassroots organizations
Discussion among the participants on the challenges and lessons in implementing the  STDM tool. Photo: UN-Habitat/John Gitau

The learning event featured the different experiences of different countries on implementing STDM. Representatives from Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Mozambique and the Philippines shared their experience on why they use STDM, its benefits, challenges and future prospects. Ideas were exchanged among the participants particularly with regard to similar and unique challenges they face in the course of implementing STDM while some grassroots organizations were exposed to these experiences for better understanding and implementation of the tool.

A site visit to Mashimoni No. 10, an informal settlement in Nairobi which has successfully implemented STDM, was organized for GLTN partners, including grassroots organizations on the second day of the Learning Event. The participants did a transect walk within the boundaries of the settlement and were able to see for themselves how the community organized themselves and used the STDM tool to capture the tenure situation on the ground.

Participants to the Learning Event were representatives from different grassroots organizations dealing with land and housing concerns from Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. The Learning Event was organized by UN-Habitat, GLTN, Pamoja Trust and RCMRD.

GLTN conducts a learning event on pro-poor land tools for grassroots organizations
Oumar Sylla, new GLTN Head, emphasized collective action on addressing
land issues and specified GLTN’s strategy for working with grassroots which
include participation of grassroots participation in land tool development,
scaling up community-led initiatives; capacity-building for grassroots to
engage in land administration and management and promoting grassroots
participation approached among GLTN partners.