About Land Governance [ID: 247]

Global Donor Working Group on Land

A network of 29 bi- and multilateral donors and international organisations cooperate on land-related issues worldwide.

During the Donor Roundtable Meeting in Washington on the margins of the annual land conference at the World Bank in April 2013, participants agreed to establish the Global Donor Working Group on Land facilitated by the secretariat of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development.

The Land Group aims to improve land governance and enhance transparency and coordination of its currently 29 bilateral and multilateral members with each other and with external government, non-governmental, and private sector stakeholders. Its core functions are to allow for better coordination and knowledge exchange on land governance programmes, as well as to jointly advocate the relevance of land issues in policy processes which affect international development.

The Chair is to be held on a rotating basis by one of the participating organisations. The current chairmanship is held by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Thereafter, it will pass to the Swiss Department Cooperation (SDC).

Infobox [ID: 258]


In 2013, the Working Group on Land developed the Land Governance Programme Map. This interactive mapping tool and database displays details about the programmes on land and resource governance funded by this network of donors and international organisations. It currently contains information about more than 600 programmes all over the world.

See the link below to access the Land Governance Programme Map.

About Land Governance [ID: 259]

Membership and governance

Members of the Global Donor Working Group on Land include: ADA, AFD, AFDB, Global Affairs Canada, BMEL, BMZ, DFID, EC, FAO, GIZ, GRET, IADC-Italy, IFAD, IFC, JICA, MCC, MFA-Denmark, MFA-Finland, MFA-France, MFA-Japan, MFA-Netherlands, the Norwegian Mapping Authority (Kartverket), Omidyar Network, RVO, SDC, Sida, UN-HABITAT, USAID, and WB.


The Global Donor Working Group on Land will strengthen land governance in line with the VGGT for all members of society, especially women and vulnerable groups, contributing to sustainable development and poverty eradication. Our collective efforts will be achieved through advocacy, information exchange, and coordination.

Work Plan

Every year the Group agrees on key priority topics for information exchange, advocacy, and coordination. The current Work Plan is available from the downloads section at the bottom of the main Land Governance Page.


The Group meets physically twice a year: in March, on the margins of the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, and in October, on the margins of the Committee on World Food Security. Between the face-to-face meetings, the Group holds regular conference calls to discuss engagement in specific processes, agree and report on annual activities, and exchange information on country-level programmes, amongst other items.

All meetings are organized and facilitated by the Secretariat of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, which carries out decisions taken by members, under the leadership of the Chair.


Contacts GDWGL [ID: 412]

Contact | Secretariat

Manuel Urrutia

Junior Advisor

Contact | Member

Chris Penrose Buckley

DFID, Chair of the Global Donor WG on Land