Capacity and Knowledge Development on Land Governance in the Arab region- Urban Training and Studies Institute, Egypt

Overview of the areas of collaboration

UTI and UN-Habitat / GLTN will collaborate in the following five areas of work:

  • Capacity needs assessment on land governance in Arab countries not covered by the capacity needs assessment undertaken by the NELGA North Africa node.
  • Assessment of existing land governance related courses and institutions in the region;
  • Review of the land-related curricula in the region.
  • Two capacity development events on GLTN pro-poor and gender-responsive land tools and – if applicable – partners tools and approaches that are relevant for the region and that contribute to good land governance.
  • Establishment and management of a research innovation fund for young professionals and practitioners.
  • Adaptation and translation of key materials to be jointly identified.

In addition, through the activities implemented in this contract, UTI and UN-Habitat / GLTN will collaborate on:

  • Expanding the network of experts and institutions part of the Arab Land Initiative. Throughout the conduct of the different activities, UTI will link up with new partners and develop new relationships with organisations and institutions – including the partners carrying out the other Agreements of cooperation.
  • Undertaking communication and visibility initiatives, ensuring that the content being developed and the key activities undertaken as part of the project and the overall Arab Land Initiative will have a good media coverage and visibility (websites, media and social media, presentations at events, etc.)

Background on the content

Capacity development is a pillar of the Arab Region Programme on Good Land Governance in Support of Inclusive Development, Peace and Stability. The aim is not only to produce evidence and to increase knowledge about existing land governance structures, about obstacles to land security and about potential solutions to overcome them, but also to create and foster a network of land experts and land professionals who can produce empirical evidence and transform this knowledge into concrete action. In order to achieve this objective, it is crucial to conduct a first assessment of the needs in terms of capacities, of existing knowledge sources and learning offers, of the needs in terms of training, for implementing convenient strategies and programmes in the Arab region. The expected outcomes must reflect the reality of the problems related to various needs of the Arab region countries. Building on existing regional networks of expertise in land governance (GLTN, NELGA, ILC, AUS), the aim of the capacity needs assessment is to identify the capacity needs of the land sector stakeholders, including government institutions and departments, land professionals, academia, civil society, etc. . The Agreement of Cooperation  includes a review of the curricula exercises undertaken by GLTN and NELGA to adapt them to the region. The capacity needs assessment also includes the identification of existing land governance-related courses in different learning institutions in the region and to assess their gaps in order to provide a working plan complement these curricula and learning offers.

In addition, the  implementing organization will organize two capacity development events on GLTN and other land governance and administration tools, which are relevant for the region.