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We hope that you find the newsletter an informative update on GLTN events and other pro poor land related activities world wide. The purpose of GLTN News is to give an overview of the Global Land Tool Network as well as to inform you about upcoming events and activities.
The fourth and final edition of Transparency in Land Administration training has been successfully held in M’bour, Senegal from 9-11 September 2008. This was the last training in this series to take place in Africa. The training on Transparency in Land Administration (training of trainers) will soon be launched in Asia.
GLTN launched a new publication on Land Registration in Ethiopia. This study focuses on how Ethiopian land law has been implemented in practice. In particular, it examines how the position of women, in cases of divorce or death of their husbands, may have changed and whether the new laws have impacts on the empowerment of women. Gender impacts are also captured by comparing the situation of female-headed households with other households. This report is an abridged version of the full research paper by Stein Holden (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) and Tewodros Tefera (University of Hawassa). The full paper is also available on the GLTN website.
GLTN facilitated a highly successful e-discussion forum, which significantly advanced the process of establishing evaluation criteria for testing the gender-responsive land tools. The e-forum, which took place between 8 September and 15 October 2008, was a follow up of the GLTN Grassroots Gender meeting in 2007 and the Land Professionals Gender meeting in 2008.
Furthermore, the GLTN inventory of interesting land related initiatives worldwide is now also capturing the Middle East. The database currently captures some 885 initiatives world wide. Under the advanced search options you will hopefully be able to find information as per your specific request.
GLTN was present at the fourth session of the World Urban Forum, 3-6 November 2008 in Nanjing, China. A GLTN roundtable was held on 4 November developing the Networks’ understanding of the overarching concept of land governance and in particular the critical pillars of gender responsiveness and grassroots participation. In addition, GLTN organised a training event on Transparency in Land Administration and two side events on Taking the Gender Mechanism further.
An Expert Group Meeting on Tools for Legal Integration and Provision of Environmental Improvements in Informal Settlements in Europe will be organised by GLTN, the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). The meeting will take place in Athens 27-28 November 2008.
We thank you for your interest in our work and encourage your involvement in GLTN.
GLTN Coordinator, on behalf of the GLTN Secretariat in Nairobi
Nairobi, 27 November 2008
GLTN Roundtable: Land governance within a grassroots and gender framework: 4 November 2008
Highlights of the Roundtable
The main objective of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) Roundtable was to bring GLTN partners (representing multilateral, bilateral organizations, NGOs, academia, training institutions and grassroots organizations) to develop the Network’s understanding of the overarching concept of land governance, gender and grassroots and for GLTN partners to report on current activities.
The meeting was opened by the Chairperson, Ambassador Kalibbala, who introduced the discussion on the way forward for GLTN and on how land governance relates to the GLTN gender and grassroots mechanisms. The Norwegian delegation highlighted the progress made by GLTN in regard to gendered pro poor land tool development and reiterated its support to the initiative.
Gender evaluation criteria for large-scale land tools
How can we judge if a land tool sis responsive to both women and men’s needs?
The relevance of gender and land: sharing and building capacity at WUF IV
Gender issues had a critical place in GLTN’s activities at WUF IV in Nanjing. At the GLTN Roundtable—with the overarching theme of land governance—gender was recognized as one of the key elements required for any country striving for better governance of land, and a set of evaluation questions for judging whether a large-scale land tool is sufficiently responsive to both women and men’s needs was shared amongst partners. These gender evaluation criteria have been advanced by GLTN during 2007-2008 through two workshops held in collaboration with the Huairou Commission and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), and most recently through an e-forum on the topic, completed before WUF IV and still accessible for public viewing on www.gltn.net. While still in draft format, the evaluation questions attracted large attention with several WUF participants expressing interest in piloting the criteria in 2009.
GLTN E-forum develops criteria for testing the gender responsiveness of tools
The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) facilitated a highly successful e-discussion forum, which significantly advanced the process of establishing evaluation criteria for testing the gender-responsive land tools. The e-forum, which took place between 8 September and 15 October 2008, was a follow up of the GLTN Grassroots Gender meeting 2007 in Lukenya, Kenya and the Land Professionals Gender meeting 2008 in Bagamayo, Tanzania. The e-forum was widely publicised within GLTN networks such as Huairou, FIG, UEL and ILC and other networks as a key component of the GLTN Gender Mechanism for developing gendered land tools. The objective of the e-discussion was to merge and to further develop the criteria for testing the gender responsiveness of large-scale tools from the two gender workshops.
Land Registration in Ethiopia: Early Impacts on Women
This publication from the Global Land Tool Network belongs to a series of research reports examining the changing landscape of land tenure security in developing countries. The intent is to provide up-to-date information to land professionals and policy makers working in the land sector and to raise awareness on what is being done at the country level.
Habitat Program Managers Land Training
Global Land Tool Network, in cooperation with the Training and Capacity Building Branch and Regional Technical Cooperation Division of UN-Habitat, is rolling out a training program for Habitat Program Managers currently working in 38 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and caribean. The training will focus on introducing basics of land and the GLTN agenda. As such, it is essentially about awareness creation and enabling HPMs become informed actors in regional and national land debates. This would first and foremost entail having adequate grasp of basic concepts, paradigmatic trends, corporate / UN-Habitat mandates, pertinent issues, interventions and ongoing challenges in the land sector. The training will serve as a forum where HPMs could exchange knowledge and experience with land professionals on these themes. Further, the training will enhance awareness on GLTN agenda and hopefully secure buy-in that may be required to facilitate land tools promotion and dissemination.
EGM on Tools for Legal Integration & Provision of Environmental Improvements in Informal Settlements
The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) is organised by the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN).
The EGM will contribute to the development of guidelines and tools within the concept of the paradigm of Land Management model, for the legal integration and the environmental upgrading of unplanned urban development within three countries in Europe, namely Greece, Albania and Croatia.
The meeting will take place in Athens 27-28 November 2008 at the Technical Chamber of Greece, Karageorgi Servias 4, Syntagma square, Athens, Greece.
Quick Guides For Policy Makers
This set of seven Quick Guides has been jointly prepared by UNESCAP and UN-Habitat to aid the daily work of national and local government officials and policy makers as well as other low-income housing stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific in their quest to improve housing for the urban poor. It is not aimed at specialists, but by using easily understandable language and a user-friendly consise structure, is envisaged as a quick tool to provide a basic understanding of low-income housing issues.
Transparency in Land Administration (TLA) training in Francophone Africa
The fourth and final edition of Transparency in Land Administration (TLA) training has been successfully executed in M’bour, Senegal from 9-11 September 2008. The training is a joint initiative of Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) / Training and Capacity Building Branch (TCBB) of UN-Habitat and International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). The recent event in Senegal was implemented in cooperation with ENDA Ecopop of Senegal, which is a part of Enda Tiers Monde, an international non-governmental organization.
GLTN round table at the World Urban Forum – land governance within a grassroots and gender framework
The main objective of the round table is to bring GLTN partners (representing multilateral and bilateral organizations, NGOs, academia, training institutions and grassroots organizations) to develop the Networks’ understanding of the overarching concept of land governance, and for GLTN partners to report on current activities. The objective is also to discuss the way forward in regard to the GLTN work plan 2009, also in regard to land governance.
- Tue, Nov 25th, 2008: Expert Group Meeting on Voluntary Guidelines on Land and Natural Resource Tenure (Location: Rome, Italy)
- Thu, Nov 27th, 2008: EGM on Tools for Legal Integration & Provision of Environmental Improvements in Informal Settlements (Location: Athens, Greece)
- Mon, Feb 2nd, 2009: Workshop on “Spatial Information for Sustainable Management of Urban Areas” (Location: Mainz, Germany)
- Tue, Feb 10th, 2009: Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Planet Earth (Location: Hyderabad, India)
- Mon, Mar 9th, 2009: Joint FIG / World Bank Conference - Land Governance in Support of the MDGs. (Location: Washington DC, USA)
- Tue, Mar 10th, 2009: Climate Change - Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions. (Location: Copenhagen)
- Sun, Apr 26th, 2009: 7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (Location: Bonn, Germany)
- Sun, May 3rd, 2009: New Horizons across the Red Sea - Surveyors Key Role in Accelerated Development (Location: Eilat, Israel)
- Fri, Oct 16th, 2009: Financing affordable housing and infrastructure in cities EGM (Location: Warsaw, Poland)
- Mon, Oct 19th, 2009: Conference on "Surveying & Mapping for Land Administration and Environment Management" (Location: Hanoi, Vietnam)