Call for Reading – Special Issue “Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration-Providing Secure Land Rights at Scale”

Land administration systems provide countries with an infrastructure for implementation of land policies and land management strategies in support of sustainable development. In many developed countries, these systems are well developed and provide a kind of backbone in society in support of efficient land markets and effective land-use management. In most developing countries, however, up to 90 per cent of the land and people are outside of the formal systems, which serve mainly the elite.

Most of these people outside the system are the poor and most vulnerable. This lack of secure tenure creates significant instabilities and inequalities in society and severely limits citizens’ ability to participate in social and economic development. It also undermines better land use and environmental stewardship and deters responsible private investment due to the associated land risk.

Attempts to introduce conventional (western style) land administration solutions to close the security of tenure gap have lacked success. New innovative solutions are required to build affordable, pro-poor, scalable, and sustainable systems to identify the way all land is occupied and used. The fit-for-purpose (FFP) approach to land administration has emerged as an opportunity for developing countries in this regard. It offers a viable, practical solution to provide security of tenure quickly and affordably for all and to enable control of the use of all land.

In this issue, the following papers focus on designing and building cost-effective land administration systems that provide secure tenure for all using an attainable, participatory, and flexible approach.

Among all the articles that can be accessed freely online at the following link: , there are three (3) articles by the colleagues from the Global Land Tool Network:

Land (ISSN 2073-445X) is a journal published by MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Land maintains rigorous peer-review and a rapid publication process. All articles are published with a CC BY 4.0 license. For more information on the CC BY license, please see: