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tenure_secCall for Expression of Interest: Cooperation Partners for Scoping Studies on Customary Tenure Security Tools, Methods and Approaches

Date of publication: 15 July 2013
Date for submission of EOI: 29 July 2013

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global and regional organizations contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools. The agenda of GLTN was inspired by the land tool gap in Africa which was validated as a global concern through a number of muli-stakeholder meetings. In the 1990s many African countries developed pro-poor land policies and recognized a range of tenure types alongside land ownership by individuals. Introducing new types of tenure meant adapting land management and administration systems so they could deal with them. This revealed gaps; the land tools needed to implement policies and approaches did not yet exist. New tools were needed which were pro-poor and affordable for governments and individual, particularly the poor who were the majority in most African countries. The type of tools lacking included those associated with legal tenures, property and land tax, land administration systems, land-use planning and law enforcement.

The Network has adopted a multi-sector approach to developing pro-poor land management, as well as land tenure tools, by unblocking existing initiatives; assisting in strengthening existing land networks, assisting in the development of gendered land tools which are affordable and useful to the grassroots and improving the general dissemination of knowledge about how to advance security of tenure.

A consultative process identified 18 gap areas that need to be addressed in terms of new approaches and tools in order to achieve the objective of tenure security for all. The cross section and interaction between customary and statutory land law and tenure systems was one of these gap-areas. Customary/statutory land, as well as group rights are part of the land tools agenda and are priority tools that Secretariat will focus on in 2013. This work will support ongoing partnerships such as with the Land Policy Initiative -LPI- and IFAD, particularly by designing a process to identify existing land tools gaps addressing customary and group rights have been initiated, with the aim to develop land tools that are pro-poor, promote gender equality and that can be used at scale.

Scope of Collaboration Through this EOI GLTN seeks collaboration with an organization that can manage and provide high quality technical analysis to at least four (4) scoping studies in the area of customary tenure security tools, methods and approaches.

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