In the early 1990’s the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe defined ‘land administration’ as:
“the process of determining, recording and disseminating information about ownership, value and use of land and its associated resources. These processes include the determination of land rights and other attributes, surveying and describing these, their detailed documentation, and the provision of relevant information for supporting land markets”1.
Twenty-five years and billions of US dollars in funded investments later, land administration has evolved to be considered a foundational element supporting both broad economic development and individual formality and security. At the same time, the range of topics included in land administration has grown to encompass:
- The institutional arrangements and legal frameworks for land ownership and transactions;
- Land tenure relationships and the definition and documentation of the status of land tenure and land rights;
- The collection of geospatial data and management of land information and records;
- Cadaster, land registration, land valuation and property taxation data and services;
- Land policy, management of public lands and land use planning; and
- The protection of land rights and claims in the face of external pressure.
The Global Land Alliance’s core team members have not only been directly involved throughout this evolution and growth but are widely considered global practice leaders in land administration. Global Land Alliance’s Land Administration Program builds upon this extensive and long-term global experience to provide, through our staff, associated consultants and global Alliance Partners, innovative and progressive technical assistance and advisory services in the conceptualization, design, technical and operational oversight of land administration and land tenure projects. The focus of our land administration program is grounded on the fundamental lessons learned over the years including; need for political will and local champions, accessible and proactive institutions, responsive legal frameworks, active and continual community participation, importance of social acceptance and legitimacy, use of innovative but appropriate technology, operational efficiency, mainstreaming of social and environmental aspects, capacity building and knowledge sharing and the monitoring and evaluation of social and economic impacts.
Global Land Alliance is currently or has recently supported clients in Haiti, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Peru and Brazil.