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Securing Land and Property Rights for All

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TSLI Participants

TSLI-ESA training participants . Photo ©UN-Habitat

Changes in land governance need to be effectively monitored so as to ensure that they result in improved conditions and sustainable development opportunities for all, especially for the poor. Better knowledge and understanding of the extent to which poor people benefit from secure land and property rights, the effectiveness of land-related policies and land administration systems is essential for the delivery of tenure security and achieve sustainable use of land resources.

In collaboration with the Regional Centre for Mapping Resource for Development (RCMRD), GLTN conducted a training session from 11th to 19th of April 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya on monitoring tenure using geo-spatial technologies for GLTN partners in IFAD supported projects and programmes in East and Southern Africa. The training is part of the capacity building component of the project and is critical because large agricultural projects and programmes involve acquiring land that occasions the displacement and resettlement of people with poor tenure security.

GLTN through the Land and Natural Resources Learning Initiative for Eastern and Southern Africa (TSLI–ESA) project continues to work towards strengthening poor communities’ tenure security on land and natural resources. One of the approaches employed is through geo-referenced land records documentation. Recent advancements in geospatial technologies have enabled the integration of remote sensing data in the information systems of projects.

In his opening remarks, GLTN Secretariat Leader, Oumar Sylla, noted that an integrated approach to land is needed if progress is to be made in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.  He highlighted the importance of monitoring and evaluation in providing evidence based information that can estimate, determine, or justify investments in land towards improvement of tenure security. Notable progress has been made on the SDGs where land is an important element in eradicating poverty, empowering women, improving livelihoods and sustainably managing natural resources. He stressed that measurement indicators on each of the goals will come from within the various investment projects and programmes implemented by the training participants.

The training brought together a total of 31 participants from 11 countries in the East and Southern Africa region. Countries represented were Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Due to the centrality of monitoring and evaluation and GIS aspects of the training, participants included monitoring and evaluation staff, land tenure technical staff and GIS specialists from various IFAD investment projects and programs, and country line ministries supporting such initiatives. This would ease learning and the transferability of the skills and knowledge into their respective projects after the training.

Participants presented land tenure situations in their individual countries and in the contexts of their interventions on issues on land tenure, tools and approaches used, lessons learnt and best practices. They learnt how to create and interpret maps showing monitoring and evaluation results for projects performance, including a practical session at the Mwea irrigation scheme in Embu County, Kenya. This provided a good case study with similar land issues (women’s land rights, large scale land based investments, land administration, land conflicts, customary tenure, etc). Guided by field personnel from the National Irrigation Board that oversees the scheme, pillars of monitoring and evaluation such what is monitored, who monitors, for what purpose, the best methods, who the information is intended for in addition to the scale and frequency of monitoring were covered. They also looked into the importance of an integrated approach to land productivity and investments; the use and management of land and water resources and the linkage between land tenure rights regimes and water rights regimes.

The training concluded with the formulation of action plans by the participants for implementation of what they had learnt including a risk analysis of potential challenges. The risk analysis indicated the possible support that will be required of different players within the projects including RCMRD, GLTN/UN Habitat and government ministries in respective countries.

A full workshop report will be produced and shared on the GLTN website. 

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Email: gltn[at]unhabitat.org

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