Project title: Monitoring land governance and land tenure security – Rasheed TI, Jordan

Overview of the areas of collaboration between GLTN and Rasheed-T.I

UN-Habitat / GLTN and Rasheed-T.I will collaborate in the following four areas of work:

  • Organise and carry out one (1) Expert Group Meeting on “Monitoring land governance and land tenure security”, bringing together regional experts of and key stakeholders involved in land data collection, in order to assess the current state of knowledge on monitoring land governance and tenure security, the type and the quality of existing land data, as well as the used methodologies for data collection in the Arab region.
  • Organise and carry out two (2) training events on monitoring land governance with a specific focus on supporting national stakeholders with the development of their capacities in collecting, analysing and reporting on land-related data as provided for by the joint module for collecting data and reporting on SDG indicators 1.4.2 and 5.a.1.
  • Expand the network of experts and institutions that are part of the Arab Land Initiative. Throughout the conduct of the different activities, Rasheed-T.I will link up with new partners and develop new relationships with organisations and institutions – including the partners carrying out the other Agreements of Cooperation. A list of organisations and institutions and their individual focal points with email contacts will be submitted at the end of the project to UN-Habitat / GLTN.
  • Undertake communication and visibility initiatives, (posts on websites, media and social media, etc.). 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

Background on the content

The security of tenure and the governance of access and use of land affects the social, economic and environmental dimensions of a society. They are directly linked to socio-economic development and the establishment of peace and security. This makes of land a cornerstone for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their related indicators. SDG indicator 1.4.2. measures the Proportion of total adult population with secure tenure rights to land, with (a) legally recognized documentation and (b) who perceive their rights to land as secure, by sex and by type of tenure. Indicator 5.a.1. looks into the a) Proportion of total agricultural population with ownership or secure rights over agricultural land by sex; and (b) share of women among owners or rights-bearers of agricultural land, by type of tenure.

The Global Land Indicator Initiative (GLII) has developed a list of 15 nationally applicable and global comparable land indicators that go beyond the provisions of land in the SDGs to cover four key areas of land governance: land tenure security for all, land and conflict, land administration services, and sustainable land use management. The next step of the initiative is to ensure that the SDG indicator is measured informing national policy dialogue and to operationalize the 15 indicators that helps guide interventions. The role of data institutions including National Statistical Offices, land agencies, universities and the CSOs, and the cost effectiveness and ability for routine reporting though the application of various data collection methods including administrative data, geospatial data, mobile and web-based approaches, in land tenure and governance monitoring are yet to be examined.

The aim of the EGM is to bring together experts with different professional backgrounds (academic, civil society, government, etc.) with knowledge on the challenges and experiences of data collection for these land indicators  in different countries of the Arab region. The discussions should address how the monitoring of the land indicators can be carried out in the different countries. Lessons on challenges of monitoring  and approaches to overcome them should be shared.

Two training sessions will be organized to discuss why land indicators should be part of national priority indicators monitored by governments; to increase knowledge and understanding of the existing methodologies for monitoring indicator 1.4.2 and 5. a.1 their integration into relevant national surveys and to increase motivation of NSOs to include essential questions in relevant surveys, collect data and report on the two indicators in the SDGs with support of custodians and other actors. The specific content of the EGM and training events will be discussed further with the selected candidate for this contract, also on the basis of other related events and initiatives planned or ongoing in the region.