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Welcome to GLTN News!

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 newsletter is based on the information on the GLTN website. News of interest that is published on the GLTN website will be inserted in future newsletters. Therefore, feel free to register at the GLTN website ( and upload news, events and contribute to the user conferences.

The last six months with GLTN has been a period of change. The GLTN Secretariat has focused on strengthening the institutional capacity and partner agreements to enable long term and systemic change in the land sector. GLTN has managed to secure core funding for the next four years and the Secretariat has expanded with three new staff members, currently the GLTN Secretariat consists of 8 staff. The GLTN agenda has been enhanced to deliver on 18 key land tools structured within five broad themes and eight cross cutting issues (see Themes and Issues). A detailed Logical Framework Approach has been drafted and will be further developed in 2008 in collaboration with partners.

The management of the GLTN website has changed and is currently located within the Secretariat. The website has had some 25,000 unique visitors in 2007 and approximately 350,000 pages have been downloaded from 115 different countries. The registered GLTN members on the website are now almost 500 individuals and some 70 institutions/organisations worldwide representing more than 80 countries.

We are certainly looking forward to further intensify our work with partners over the next year. Please take this opportunity to read the GLTN News to get to know more about the GLTN agenda and its upcoming and past events. I would like to highlight the e-discussion on land governance to take place over the next two weeks on the GLTN forum (see details below).

Furthermore, since the GLTN Secretariat is based in Nairobi, we are saddened by the tragic events that we have all seen unfold since the announcement of the Presidential result in Kenya. Current estimates by the UN and others state that up to 250,000 people have been displaced by the post-election unrest. We would like to express our sorrow for all those affected and offer our condolences to those who have lost loved ones in the violence. We also wish to express concern for those families who have been, or are being, threatened with violent dispossession of their occupancy rights and land use. Our concern applies to the formal and informal areas in Kenya, to owners and to tenants alike. We strongly condemn the violence and intimidation, and emphasise the need for respect for human rights, democratic principles and justice.

We thank you for your interest in our work and encourage your involvement in GLTN.

Best regards,
Ulrik Westman, GLTN Coordinator, on behalf of the GLTN Secretariat in Nairobi
Nairobi, 18 January 2008



E-discussion on governance in land administration

A moderated e-discussion on governance in land administration will be hosted at the GLTN website 21 January to 1 March 2008. The draft conceptual framework on governance in land administration illustrates seven key principles of good governance and offers suggestions for an initial set of indicators. GLTN members are encouraged to participate in the e-discussion and/or send direct feedback to the authors.

The information in the forum is accessible for everyone but to reply and post new topics you must register. We invite you to register on the forum page to post your comments. The forum will be moderated by Professor Ian Williamson and Tony Burns. The forum will remain open for public discussion, project updates and comments will continue to be posted until December 2008.

Please find below relevant documents for download:

More information: Kate Dalrymple, Senior Land Consultant, Land Equity International - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Events

  1. Mon, Jan 21st, 2008: E-discussion on governance in land administration
  2. Mon, Jan 28th, 2008: Seminar on Urban Land Use and Land Markets
  3. Mon, Feb 18th, 2008: International Congress of Geomatic and Surveying Engineering
  4. Thu, Feb 21st, 2008: Expert group meeting on Land for Sustainable Urbanisation in Africa
  5. Mon, May 5th, 2008: UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) 16
  6. Tue, May 6th, 2008: GLTN meeting at CSD. Grassroots and land
  7. Wed, May 7th, 2008: GLTN International Advisory Board, 2nd meeting
  8. Thu, May 8th, 2008: GLTN meeting at CSD. Gender and land
  9. Wed, May 28th, 2008: GLTN Steering Committee meeting
  10. Sat, Jun 14th, 2008: FIG Working Week 2008
  11. Mon, Oct 13th, 2008: World Urban Forum, fourth session

Contact Info:

Location: Gigiri, UN Complex
Office: NOF South Wing Block 3
Telephone: +254 207623858
Email: gltn[at]

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