Land Governance [ID: 38]

Land Governance

Land is one of the most valuable resources a rural family can own to secure its livelihoods. Without secure land tenure, families and communities are vulnerable to expropriations and face many challenges to access natural and financial resources, markets and other services.

The combination of sharp increases in food prices starting in 2008 and continued volatility, together with the rapid expansion of land use for biofuels and growing concerns over climate change have led to a growing demand for land in emerging-economy countries. This has prompted many governments and development partners to increase their efforts to address land tenure and resource governance issues in developing countries.

One of the most celebrated results of this effort was the endorsement in May 2012 of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The VGGT are the first internationally negotiated and agreed soft-law instrument on the governance of land tenure. Established in 2013, the Global Donor Working Group on Land has been a key player in advocating the use of the VGGT, as well as in supporting dialogue spaces where land and development experts can share their lessons on the implementation of the VGGT. The Group also strongly advocated a substantial role of tenure issues in the Agenda 2030 and praised the inclusion of land indicators under Goals to alleviate poverty, to enhance gender equality and to promote sustainable cities and communities.

Committed to support improved land governance worldwide, the Global Donor Working Group on Land was established in 2013, facilitated by the Donor Platform and currently chaired by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Global Donor Working Group on Land is a network of 24 bi- and multilateral donors and international organisations cooperating on land-related issues worldwide. Its core functions are to allow for better coordination & knowledge exchange on land governance programmes, as well as to jointly advocate the relevance of land issues in policy processes which affect international development.

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COORDINATION & ADVOCACY

Latest Land Governance [ID: 172]

More data, better governance of land tenure?

Rome | Italy | 18 Oct 2018

In the last five years, significant steps have been taken to put land tenure security as a priority in global policy frameworks, but also in implementation plans. A side event at CFS45, organised by Global Donor Working Group on Land together with other key players, took stock of progress.  

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How domestic investors are transforming land governance in developing countries

Bandung | Indonesia| September 2018 | In times of growing competition over land and pressure over businesses for sustainable and responsible conduct, society often turn its eyes to large foreign agribusiness as the first key stakeholder to partner with or to blame in case of wrongdoing. At the 2018 Global Land Forum, the Global Donor Working Group on Land discussed the need to better govern domestic investors, who are often overshadowed by large scale, foreign investors based on experiences from Africa and Asia.

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Influencing the next tier of companies: promoting responsible land-based investments

Washington DC | USA | March 2018 | In recent years, much of the debate around responsible investment in land has focused on the role and practices of large food and agriculture companies thus only focussing on a fraction of the companies dealing with land investments.

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Events Land Governance [ID: 173]
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Interviews Land Governance [ID: 253]

Interview | Chris Penrose Buckley, DFID

“There is a lot of people that have a stake in this (SDG land) indicator and want to be part of the process of making sure that the methodology is robust and it gets to the stage when it is a formal SDG indicator.”

Interview | Oumar Sylla, UN-HABITAT

“This indicator will give us opportunity to track progress made on adressing the issue tenure security.”

INTERVIEW | Jesse Coleman, CCSI

“The purpose of OpenLandContracts.org is both to increase transparency around land deals, but also increase the accessibility of the contracts themselves.”

Interview | Aurélie Chevrillon, AFD AND MATHIEU BOCHE, MFA-FRANCE

“It’s true that our institution recognised that the land issues are in our entire rural and agricultural portfolio, it’s a question of development effectiveness.”

Webinar | Lorenzo Cotula, IIED

“It is hard to overstate how important land is in many low- and middle income countries, not only in an economic sense, but also in socio-cultural terms.”

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Publications Land Governance [ID: 255]

CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL MODEL FOR MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS TO IMPROVE LAND GOVERNANCE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Strategic alliances between business, government and civil society are a growing feature of both developed and emerging economies.

EFFECTIVE APPROACHES TO STRENGTHEN COHERENCE ACROSS INDIVIDUAL DONOR GOVERNMENTS REGARDING RESPONSIBLE LAND GOVERNANCE

One of the key challenges in achieving policy coherence on land rights is to overcome the gap between two groups of actors with different logics.

SYSTEMATIC LAND REGISTRATION IN RURAL AREAS OF LAO PDR

The publication released by BMZ and GIZ systematically summarises the years of experience the two institutions gathered from various activities in support to the development of standardised system for systematic land registration in rural areas of Lao PDR.

BMZ GUIDELINES ON LAND GOVERNANCE IN GERMAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

Secure access to land has become a major focus of German Development Cooperation, resulting in a growing need for appropriate orientation and knowledge for development practitioners. The publication discusses principles for dealing with land related problems.

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Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference were agreed upon in 2013 and establish the core functions of the Group, as well as procedures with regard to chairmanship and application for membership.

Briefs and Notes

Contacts Land Governance [ID: 257]

Contact | Secretariat

Romy Sato

Agricultural and Rural Development Advisor

Contact | Member

Harold Liversage

IFAD Land expert & Chair of the Global Donor WG on Land

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