The objectives of the report are to assess the statutory and customary land administration systems and practices in the five Darfur states of Sudan, and to provide guidance to relevant stakeholders on how to support the tenure security and housing, land and property (HLP) rights of people voluntarily returning to Darfur and of other vulnerable people, such as IDPs, refugees, women and youth. Although the primary focus of the report is on securing the land rights of returnees, vulnerable and displaced people, the findings and recommendations are relevant to the overall Darfur population. An adequate and effective land management system will be essential for supporting Darfur’s transition from the humanitarian to the development phase, ensuring the social and economic development of Darfur in the years to come and is one of the preconditions for the success of peace and stabilization efforts.
The report targets key land sector stakeholders – particularly national and state level actors, the UN and their partners. The analysis and recommendations are drawn from consultations with multiple stakeholders in Darfur and Khartoum, as well as from lessons learned in other countries. The recommendations should be presented to the different land sector actors of Sudan for debate, prioritization and adjustment.