Innovation and Land Administration

In many countries land administration is in a very bad way. In large areas of the world land administration systems are conspicuous by their absence. Where they do exist, procedures are often too complex, processing times too long and costs too high. The World Bank 2005 Doing Business Report reveals that of 145 reviewed countries, the three top scored rate, respectively, 21 steps to register right to an immovable property, 956 days to complete the procedures and registration costs up to 34% of the value of the proper-ty. Extensive research reveals that this is at the expense of economic growth... (read more)
2005-08-24 12:00:00

Land Administration in Ethiopia

Model for Establishing Tenure Security in Other Countries
A Land Administration System (LAS) consolidating rights to rural land has been developed in the Amhara Region in Ethiopia. Since the start of the project in 2002 over 2.4 million possession-rights have been registered and over 1.3 million households given certificates. The approach, which has been taken as a model for other regions in Ethiopia, could also be a model for establishing tenure security in other countries. Positive outcomes The Environmental Protection, Land Administration and Use Authority (EPLAUA) in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia is responsible for the development and implementation of the Land Administration System (LAS) there, activities financed... (read more)
2006-02-23 12:00:00

Land Administration Census

A Plea for a Bottom-up, Brute-force Solution
The battle against poverty in developing countries has always been associated with the issue of land. Since the turn of the millennium, the focus has been on facilitating the official registration of land rights by the poor and the vulnerable. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa still lack a well-functioning land administration system, notwithstanding many dedicated aid programmes. Such programmes were designed by Western institutions and often copied Western land administration architectures. In this article, the author advocates a bottom-up approach using census-taking as a paradigm. First the capabilities of advanced technologies are identified, then the way aid is brought to... (read more)
2019-05-08 10:28:26

Apps for Land Administration

Exploring the Needs, Options and Future Developments
The use of community participation, mobile technologies and cloud storage services could create a new way of undertaking land administration activities, and ultimately lead to more secure land rights for all. Sparked by these grand visions – which were first promoted by Robin McLaren, amongst others, in the late 2000s – alternative land administration platforms are now emerging, such as cadasta.org, landmapp.net and mobineo.org to name but a few. Apps lie at the heart of the developments…but what do we really mean by a ‘land administration app’ and what must such an app be capable of? Here, the authors provide... (read more)
2017-12-19 09:55:11

Modern-day Land Rush

Oxfam has launched a report highlighting the growing pace of land deals brokered around the world, often to the peril of poor communities who lose their homes and livelihoods, sometimes violently, with no prior consultation, compensation or means of appeal. In the report Land and Power, the international agency reveals preliminary research indicating as many as 227 million hectares of land have been sold, leased or licensed in large-scale deals since 2001, mostly by international investors.   Lack of transparency and the secrecy that surrounds land deals makes it difficult to get exact figures but to date up to 1,100... (read more)
2011-09-23 10:21:27

Land Administration Studies

The United Nations University (UNU) aims at providing scientific knowledge for UN purposes such as millennium development goals. A role is played here by mdg access to land ownership and use. Land lies at the basis of all societies. It is land policy that regulates access to and management of land. Sound land policy is a crucial factor for success in many aspects of society, including economic growth, food security, nature conservation, poverty reduction and housing. Sound land policy and related instruments determine how a government can provide access to land and land-tenure security, implementation of land reform, land-use planning,... (read more)
2006-09-21 12:00:00

Land Administration Studies

The United Nations University (UNU) aims at providing scientific knowledge for UN purposes such as millennium development goals. A role is played here by mdg access to land ownership and use. Land lies at the basis of all societies. It is land policy that regulates access to and management of land. Sound land policy is a crucial factor for success in many aspects of society, including economic growth, food security, nature conservation, poverty reduction and housing. Sound land policy and related instruments determine how a government can provide access to land and land-tenure security, implementation of land reform, land-use planning,... (read more)
2006-09-21 12:00:00

Recording Land-use Rights

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe through its Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA) defines land administration as the processes of determining, recording and disseminating information about the ownership, value and use of land when implementing land-management policies. The weak link in this chain is the recording of land-use rights, many of which do not appear either in the land books or in the cadastre. The primary objective of the land-book systems, including registration of title to land, found throughout the world, is to provide security of tenure. The primary objective of the cadastre has been to record the... (read more)
2006-06-27 12:00:00

Land Policy and Administration

The importance of good land governance to strengthen women's land rights, facilitate land-related investment, transfer land to better uses, use it as collateral and allow effective decentralisation through collection of property taxes has long been recognised. The challenges posed by recent global developments, especially urbanisation, higher and more volatile food prices, and climate change have raised the profile of land and the need for appropriate national land policies. However, efforts to improve country-level land governance are often frustrated by technical complexities, institutional fragmentation, vested interests and lack of a shared vision on how to move towards good land governance and... (read more)
2010-06-28 02:41:47

Recording Land-use Rights

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe through its Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA) defines land administration as the processes of determining, recording and disseminating information about the ownership, value and use of land when implementing land-management policies. The weak link in this chain is the recording of land-use rights, many of which do not appear either in the land books or in the cadastre. The primary objective of the land-book systems, including registration of title to land, found throughout the world, is to provide security of tenure. The primary objective of the cadastre has been to record the... (read more)
2006-06-27 12:00:00
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