LAS’s goal is to upscale Dutch government supported local intervention ideas that have high potential to increase equal access to land and natural resources, reduce conflicts and competing claims over land and natural resources, and lead to a more sustainable and efficient use of land and natural resources for food, housing, and production. These initiatives will be upscaled across landscapes and regions in developing countries, thereby complementing and adding value to the ongoing support and engagement of the NL MoFA in various partner land governance organizations, such as the International Land Coalition and the Global Land Tool Network.
The goal of responsibly achieving secure tenure rights is at the heart of LAS. This is reflected in the principles of LAS, which are aligned with those of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries (VGGTs) (see Box). These principles will guide the management of the program by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), who collaborated with the NL MoFA on LAS’s development. RVO will obtain the potential interventions from Dutch embassies in ODA recipient countries. RVO will then develop these ideas with local stakeholders in order to support upscaling successful pilots, innovative interventions with upscaling potential, and increased knowledge and learning via a number of methods, including capacity development for land related organisations, awareness raising, and advocacy support for vulnerable people in land governance and how to effectively strengthen their rights to land.