Land management concerns putting land resources to efficient use, such as producing food, providing shelter, preserving the environment, making sustainable use of natural resources, etc. Land administration is traditionally the responsibility of the government; governments at local and central levels enforce land policies and legislation through land administration. The production, dissemination and use of land information is necessary to inform different land administration aspects, such as tenure security provision, regulation of property markets, promotion of effective land use planning and taxation, etc.
GLTN develops and promotes innovative, fit-for-purpose land administration tools and approaches that support governments and their counterparts in their land administration work. These are:
- The Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM);
- Costing and Financing of Land Administration Services;
- Transparency in Land Administration; and
- Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration
It was developed after recognizing the need to modernize the budgetary approach to land agencies and to provide effective, cost-efficient, affordable and sustainable services, particularly in developing countries. Countries seeking to modernize land administration services often face large and immediate costs to first achieve broad geographic coverage, and then to establish the supporting records, procedures and personnel capacity. Competition for funding and budgets is also high, hence a strong understanding of ‘fit-for-purpose’ technologies and likely costs is essential. The tool is targeted at land sector (government) staff with a participatory process of implementation recommended.
CoFLAS is a set of guidelines and a tabular framework that allows for exploring, identifying and prioritizing land administration services delivery options based on costs of developing and running the services, financial resources available to pay for them, and other considerations such as human capacity and strategic decisions, such as service coverage. CoFLAS does not focus on land value, land use or land development, but does assess the readiness of the country and the agencies responsible for the provision of land administration services for significant investment in land administration services’ reform.
A characteristic of the tool is that it has a tabular costing structure aimed at assisting government staff to prepare and assess LAS reform proposals. The tool also takes into consideration the variation in approaches that would have an impact on the cost and viability of the reform. It concentrates on the formal end of the continuum of rights, but does look at steps that can be taken to ensure that the formal LAS is affordable and accessible by all. Of vital importance is the focus on an affordable, ‘fit-for-purpose’, countrywide approach, which reduces barriers for the poor and ensures that there are benefits to society as a whole.
- (Guide coming soon) Framework for Costing and Financing Land Administration Services – CoFLAS
- Costing and Financing Land Administration Services – CoFLAS – A Brief
Transparency can be a powerful tool to reduce the impact of corruption and improve the fairness of land administration systems. When in place, transparency obliges land administrators, for example, to operate ‘openly, understandably and predictably.’
Via policies, laws, regulations, charters, codes, rules, structures, functions, and by making processes and procedures ‘open, understandable and predictable ’, transparency provides a fundamental template for efficient and effective service provision from which a broad cross-section of clients and service providers derive both benefit and satisfaction.
GLTN has developed the Transparency in Land Administration training package (toolkit and trainer’s guide) aimed at ‘sensitizing’ ‘up-stream change agents’ about land administration, develop their capacity to address issues of corruption and to enhance transparency in the land sector. It focuses specifically on land administration with a view to filling the capacity development gap in the land administration sector. Training content covers key themes clustered into different training sessions related to land governance, transparency, land administration and tools that could help bring about transparency. This is within the context, principles, and recommendations set out in regional and global frameworks that highlight the importance of good land governance and equitable access to land as key ingredients in successful land policy development and implementation.
The FFP approach to land administration has emerged to meet these simple, but challenging requirements; it is a game changer that offers a viable, practical solution, quickly and affordably, and enables control of the use of all land. It provides a new, innovative and pragmatic solution to land administration where conventional high accuracy solutions are not delivering.
The FFP concept has three interrelated core components: the spatial, the legal and the institutional frameworks. The spatial framework supports recording the way in which land is occupied and used. The scale and accuracy of this representation should be sufficient to secure the various kinds of legal rights and tenure forms recognized through the legal framework. The institutional framework is designed to manage these rights and the use of land and natural resources, and to deliver inclusive and accessible services. The process entails recognizing, recording and reviewing land rights; this means balancing the financial cost against speed of delivery against quality, such as levels of accuracy to meet the needs; in short, finding a suitable solution for the purpose.
The solution can be directly aligned with country-specific needs, is affordable, is flexible to accommodate different types of land tenure, and can be upgraded when economic opportunities or social requirements arise. Most importantly, the FFP approach can be implemented quickly, using a low-risk entry point that requires minimal preparatory work. It provides a rationale to re-focus land administration to meet the needs of people and their relationship to land, to support security of tenure for all and to sustainably manage land use and natural resources using flexible and pragmatic approaches rather than insisting on rigid, high-end requirements.