Where do you think the group has had the most impact in terms of its work? What is the group’s potential in strengthening coordination amongst donors on land governance issues?
Karol: An important contribution has been the collaborative work to advocate for the inclusion of land-related indicators in the SDG indicators. This engagement raised attention to the important role land plays in the SDGs on eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger, and ensuring gender equality.
The group helped identify and frame the questions needed to track progress for women and men living in diverse rural and urban contexts. Globally available high-quality data was identified but also what was missing to do a progress analysis. Innovative community-driven approaches to data collection were encouraged, to complement the ongoing work at national statistical agencies.
What have been the group’s key highlights and main achievements in 2021?
Gemma: The global food systems agenda together with our work on SDG indicators. We started to further promote country-level coordination within the group in 2021 and will continue in 2022. Enabling donors with projects in the same country to share lessons learned and scale up proven successes will improve our work’s overall efficiency and effectiveness.
We had already established a database to bring together data in the donor community to better track progress. Now we are compiling information on ongoing projects in an updated Land Governance Programme Map. This will ensure information on donor activities is transparent and available, and further enable country-level coordination and collaboration between group members.
Karol: Last year has been challenging given the pandemic, but one highlight has been the launch of the group’s revised website (link to be inserted at posting). It will help introduce more people to the group’s work and get them interested in and excited about land governance and tenure security.