ANALYSIS + COMMENTARY

The Analysis and Commentary section contains articles written by Global Land Alliance staff and partners, on a variety of topics relating to land tenure, rights, and governance -- spanning countries around the world.

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GIS Expo Poster
Global Land Alliance GIS Collaboration

The following poster was presented at the GIS Expo in South Florida in August 2018. It to presents the outcome of a collaboration between Global Land Alliance (GLA), the Forest County Potawatomi Community’s Land and Natural Resources Division (FCPLNRD), and University of Florida (UF) Geomatics Program. The group conducted a technical exchange to better understand the potential […]

Qualitative Assessment in Haiti
A QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF EXPECTED AND UNFORESEEN RESULTS OF HAITI’S LAND TENURE SECURITY PROJECT IN RURAL AREAS

Abstract submitted to World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2018: Land Governance in an Interconnected World March 19-23, 2018, Washington, DC

BY GABRIELA EKLUND (LEAD) WITH ALEJANDRO OME (NORC), VERONIQUE DORNER AND KEVIN BARTHEL (GLA), AND LINA SALAZAR (IDB)

In Haiti, in addition to the insecurity experienced by informal occupants, users or tenants of State and private lands, “tenure insecurity” relates to the generalized lack of clarity about land ownership, namely to the lack of knowledge, based on legal proof, and of publicity about parcel boundaries, the identity of owner(s), and ownership rights.

Promoting Rural Land Tenure Security in Haiti
PROMOTING RURAL LAND TENURE SECURITY IN HAITI: Ensuring Community Participation and Engagement Through a Tailored Public Consultation Process

Abstract submitted to World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2018: Land Governance in an Interconnected World March 19-23, 2018, Washington, DC

BY LAURA BERMUDEZ (LEAD) WITH SORAYA SENOSIER (IDB) AND KEVIN BARTHEL

Public consultations prior to land tenure programs can be inclusive, gender-oriented, transparent and participatory processes that help set a similar tone for implementation. Public consultations provide an opportunity to explore environmental and social risks of a land program in a manner that puts stakeholders’ concerns at center stage and that can result in forms of participatory monitoring. This paper presents the key findings and lessons learned from public consultations with project beneficiaries, stakeholders and interested parties of the second phase of the Haitian Rural Land Tenure Security Project.

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MANAGING A NATIVE AMERICAN LEGACY OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES: Development and Implementation of the Forest County Potawatomi Land Administration and Territorial Management System

Abstract submitted to World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2018: Land Governance in an Interconnected World March 19-23, 2018, Washington, DC

BY  KEVIN BARTHEL (LEAD), JILL URBAN KARR (TRIMBLE) AND CASEY SWANSON (FC POTAWATOMI

This paper recounts the development and implementation of a land administration and territorial management system for the Forest County Potawatomi Native American Community of Wisconsin. This system can serve as a model for not only native communities of the United States, but communities throughout the World seeking to preserve and maintain control of their land and natural resources, especially in situations of encroachment and competition.

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CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FORMALIZATION OF UNCOMPENSATED EXPROPRIATED PRIVATE LANDS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Abstract submitted to World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2018: Land Governance in an Interconnected World March 19-23, 2018, Washington, DC

BY GERMAN ZARAMA (LEAD), VICTOR ENDO, KEVIN BARTHEL

This paper presents the challenges and possible opportunities to resolve an intractable issue plaguing both land tenure security and social equity in the Dominican Republic – an issue which is a remnant of the agrarian reform process and in particular a result of uncompensated expropriations of private lands.

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MEASURING CITIZEN PERCEPTIONS OF TENURE SECURITY: TEST SURVEYS OF THE GLOBAL LAND RIGHTS INDEX (PRINDEX) IN TANZANIA, COLOMBIA AND INDIA

Abstract submitted to World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2018: Land Governance in an Interconnected World March 19-23, 2018, Washington, DC

BY DR. MALCOLM CHILDRESS

The Global Property Rights Index (PRIndex) initiative aims at filling gaps in basic data about citizen’s perception of the security of their property rights in a global comparative framework. Individuals’ perceptions are a basic and critical element of tenure security because they drive behavior, and critical data element because they illuminate how policies for tenure security are impacting citizens’ own understandings of their rights.

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PROMOTING RURAL LAND TENURE IN HAITI

(BY LAURA BERMUDEZ) From the local judge, to the small-scale farmer, to heads of single headed households, people gathered at the meeting sites. They came to learn about and comment on the proposed Haitian Land Tenure Security in Rural Areas Project – Phase II (PSFMR II). Over the past month, CIAT (Haitian Interministerial Committee on […]

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LAND TENURE SECURITY INTERSECTS WITH PUBLIC SECURITY: The Roles of Colombian National Police in Rural Restitution Process

(BY GABRIEL ARRISUEÑO FARJARDO AND VICTOR ENDO) Colombia’s internal war is Latin America’s oldest armed conflict, causing more than 200,000 casualties. Moreover, it has resulted in one of the world’s largest internal displacement phenomena in recent history, affecting an estimated five million people. In this context, land restitution is one of the biggest challenges facing […]

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IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY AND SECURITY IN PERUVIAN PROPERTY REGISTRIES

(BY VICTOR ENDO) Land Alliance participated in the Peruvian National Superintendency of Public Registries (SUNARP in Spanish) 14th National Congress of Registration Law; “Towards a Trustworthy, Accessible and Secure Registration System: Technological and Legislative Innovations” held on October 10th, 2016 in Arequipa, Peru. The Congress gathered renowned jurists and technical experts who shared their experiences […]

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WOMEN’S LAND RIGHTS AN EMERGING FOCUS

(BY DR. JANININA MERA) “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives” —Audre Lord. The theme of this year’s Association for Women´s Rights in Development Forum was the inter-sectoral nature of the women´s rights movement. Women´s rights encompass identity rights, social rights, political rights, and economic rights. […]

Conference on common law marriages
INVISIBILITY: A COMMON PROBLEM FOR WOMEN IN COMMON-LAW MARRIAGES IN RURAL COLOMBIA

(BY CYNTHIA BERNING) On June 24, 2016, Land Alliance team of international and Colombian gender, land tenure and legal specialists presented the findings and recommendations from a six-month study of the relationship between the registration of common-law marriages and obtaining secure property rights for women living in rural regions of Colombia. This study was one […]

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EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF HAITI’S RURAL LAND TENURE SECURITY PROJECT

(BY GABRIELA VAZ RODRIGUES AND KEVIN BARTHEL) and the Land Alliance are pleased to have been selected by the Haitian Inter-ministerial Committee of Land Use Planning (CIAT) to complete an evaluation of the economic impacts of the Government’s Land Tenure Security Project in Rural Areas (PSFMR). The PSFMR, which is financed by a US$27 million grant […]

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THINKING ABOUT SCALE IN LAND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

(BY MALCOLM CHILDRESS, KEVIN BARTHEL, AND CHRISTOPHER BARLOW) This week in Washington, D.C., the World Bank is hosting its Annual Conference on Land and  Poverty, a professional meeting that has swelled considerably in the past five years. Attendee numbers have expanded to a downright packed 1,200 people from governments, development agencies, academia, nongovernmental organizations and […]

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THE NEXUS OF COMMON LAW MARRIAGE AND LAND RIGHTS

(BY CYNTHIA BERNING AND KEVIN BARTHEL) Marriage and divorce in Colombia can be difficult and expensive processes, which has led to a situation where possibly millions of rural Colombians are in long-term relationships that are not legally registered. This creates a problem when it comes to inheritance or rights to a family land parcel for […]

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DRONES FOR LAND RIGHTS

(BY KEVIN BARTHEL) Of all the uses for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — popularly known as UAVs or drones — their application for acquiring aerial imagery and geospatial data for use in securing land rights in the developing world may be one of the most valuable and lasting. UAVs hold the promise to help solve the […]

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REPLACING CONFLICT WITH FORMALITY IN RURAL COLOMBIA

(BY MARGARITA VARON AND KEVIN BARTHEL)In the context of peace negotiations and a national initiative to transform the countryside, the Colombian government is revamping land tenure policy and considering major institutional reforms intended to lead to a massive intervention addressing the lingering informality of rural land rights. Through the Land and Rural Development Project (LRDP) […]

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SUPPORTING THE ‘MAINTENANCE OF FORMALITY’: THE ROLE OF COLOMBIAN MUNICIPALITIES

(BY LAURA BERMUDEZ AND KEVIN BARTHEL) In what was once an epicenter of violence in rural Colombia, lives now a hopeful and welcoming community. Ovejas is a small rural municipality two and a half hours southeast of Cartagena, located in the state of Sucre. Through the Colombian Government’s Land and Rural Development Project (LRDP) funded […]

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PROPERTY RIGHTS AND GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT IN FOCUS AT NEW AMERICA DRONE SUMMIT

(BY MALCOLM CHILDRESS) On July 22, Land Alliance played a central role in the New America Foundation’s “summit meeting” on drones: Drones and Aerial Observation: New Technologies for Property Rights, Human Rights and Global Development. Our hats tip to the New America Foundation and The Omidyar Network for making the event a mash-up of participants […]

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EARLY LESSONS LEARNED FROM TESTING UAVS FOR GEOSPATIAL DATA COLLECTION AND PARTICIPATORY MAPPING

(BY KEVIN BARTHEL) See below to access our Concept Paper and World Bank Presentation. UAV-based Participatory Electronic Formalization Concept Paper World Bank Presentation Revolutionary technological advances frequently face the most resistance from the very people in the technical fields that stand the most to gain from the advance. Change generates uncertainty and fear. Fear the […]

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CAN WE BEND THE CURVE ON LAND GOVERNANCE BY 2020?

(BY MALCOLM CHILDRESS) The period 2015-2020 may become one of the most dynamic periods in the modern history of land tenure and governance, if we in the development community can get our act together and use a newfound consensus on prioritizing the resolution of land issues to address the biggest development challenges of our time. […]

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