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A Code of Conduct for Donors to Coordinate at the Country Level

Coordination has been one of the core purposes of the Global Donor Working Group on Land (GDWGL) since it was established in 2013. Through the work of coordination, this network of donors developed its Land Governance Programme Map - an open database of donors' portfolio of projects worldwide - and influenced the approval of the SDG land indicator 1.4.2.

This month, the Group made a further step towards this purpose. It approved its 'Code of Conduct' for members to coordinate at the country-level. This set of commitments includes, for example, proactively sharing strategic information on any significant national policy engagement and to purse closer coordination and complementarity of new land programmes and research. Therefore, a richer and quicker flow of information is expected to take place between donor officers based at headquarters, donor officers based in partner countries, and local partner organisations.

By following the 'Code of Conduct', GDWGL members seek to ultimately improve the design and implementation of programmes, as well as strengthen cooperation with stakeholders at the country level, such as Land Ministries, land networks, civil society organisations and regional coordination institutions, such as the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC), a key partner of the GDWGL.

Donors in the Group will periodically review the implementation of this 'Code of Conduct' and determine any necessary adjustments at their physical meetings.

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