Tenure Security and COVID-19 Pandemic


The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the globe in a wide range of countries and very different environments. The pandemic has already affected countries in every region, making this a truly global situation where every country must take steps to prepare and respond.

The pandemic will hit the most vulnerable people the hardest. The economic consequences for those in informal settlements will be long-lasting. As more and more countries suspend daily activities and restrict movement, day labourers and those in informal employment will lose their income. This can result in people being forced to leave their homes due to their inability to pay the rent. Without any social benefits, they will be unable to care for their families.

What Are the GLTN Partners Doing to Respond to The COVID-19 Crisis?

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, pointing to more than 118,000 cases of the coronavirus illness in over 110 countries and territories around the world and the sustained risk of further global spread. GLTN partners are responding to the crisis with different initiatives around the world.

Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE)
The lockdown and containment measures have made it impossible for farmers to access their land and they are unable to effectively monitor the crop growth, weeds as well as possible interference

Kadaster International
Kadaster continues to contribute to the 2030 agenda, and the sustainable development of land rights for all. Kadaster continues providing advisory services remotely, where possible. Kadaster is also using this time of crisis to contribute as much as possible to webinars, to develop MOOC’s, and to publish knowledge and experiences in Fit for Purpose Land

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)NRC has been leading the Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Area of Responsibility (AoR) platform since 2016. In response to COVID-19, the HLP AOR have developed two “living” guidance tools that are being constantly updated with

International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
The COVID-19 crisis has brought to the fore the importance of borders in managing global pandemics, particularly in redefining the expanding role of delimitations.

Aalborg University

In partnership with Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), the NELGA/ALPC project on ‘Land Governance in Southern Africa’ is developing a scoping study for each country in the region

Netherlands Academy on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development (LANDac)

LANDac recognizes that COVID-19 and the measures taken worldwide to curb the pandemic will

Development Workshop

Development Workshop and partners are implementing the ‘COVID-19 Emergency Programme’ in Namibia. In collaboration with the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE), the ‘Tippy Tap project’ is being implemented within Windhoek’s informal settlements to help improve the sanitation and hygiene

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

AGRA has developed a Position paper on COVID-19, issued a statement as well as a situation report as of 15 May 2020. AGRA acknowledges that COVID crisis is

ActionAid International

ActionAid recognises that, just like in all emergencies and humanitarian crises, the Covid-19 pandemic will hit women, the poor and the most marginalised the hardest. The organization is taking all the necessary measures to protect the health and safety of their staff and the communities they work with

International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya)

FIDA Kenya has published a video entitled ‘How to avoid a panic attack: Wellness tips during the COVID-19 pandemic’. This in response to the increasing mental health concerns in Kenya that are fuelled by the general economic and

Groupe de recherche et d’échanges technologiques (GRET)

While the Covid-19 epidemic is spreading in most countries throughout the world, GRET and its teams are adapting their activities to continue supporting the most fragile populations, in a context of great uncertainty.

Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI)

The HfHI CEO has issued a statement acknowledging that the vulnerable in society would be most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement also outlines HfHI’s priority to protect the people and

Habitat International Coalition (HIC)

The HIC president has given the insights of the coalition in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond in a published presentation. HIC has been working on three fronts: creating spaces for dialogue and learning to make sense of what this emergency means for the most

International Land Coalition (ILC)

The ILC has published an opinion piece entitled ‘Land and environmental defenders sitting ducks, while world goes into lockdown’. The opinion piece notes that in the midst of the world’s lockdown, there are still land grabbers and investors looking to take

Legal Action Worldwide (LAW)

LAW has published a Legal Action Worldwide Response to COVID-19 which considers the influence of the pandemic on human rights and gender. LAW notes that COVID-19 is not ‘The Great Leveller’ and its impact is not


NAMATI in partnership with the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies has published a new brief “Grassroots Justice in a Pandemic: Ensuring a Just Response and Recovery” that focuses on ensuring a just COVID-19 response and recovery. This brief provides recommendations for policymakers, donors and multilateral institutions

Oxfam International

The organization has published ‘Oxfam’s response to coronavirus’, a one-stop-shop source of information about the virus, symptoms, transmission and treatment. Oxfam is mobilizing to prevent the spread of

World Vision

The President of World Vision has reached out to partners to support their efforts as they upscale their activities in the lights of COVID-19. In the US, World Vision is

Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR)

The coalition has published the special April 2020 edition of the ‘ACHR e-news’ newsletter to share inspiring stories of how the partners from the region are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. ACHR recognizes that although there is talk about the virus being ‘the great equalizer’

Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC)

Asia has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis with farmers and other rural stakeholders struggling to sustain their livelihoods and facing threats of food insecurity. Fortunately, there has been no shortage of civil society

The Land Portal

The Land Portal has established a Land and COVID-19 Hub that brings together key debates, information by country as well as news, blogs, events and publications.

Cadasta Foundation

Cadasta Foundation is providing technical assistance, geospatial platform, survey tools, and data visualization and analytics tools to help partners from around the world plan, manage, and track COVID-19 response

UN-Habitat is responding to a growing volume of requests from both national and local governments to help them prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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