The challenge

  • 90 per cent of landholdings in developing countries are not documented, administered or protected.
  • Urbanization is increasing pressure on land, with people living in cities expected to grow by 175 per cent by 2030.
  • Land administration practices do not cater for the complexity of land issues with overlapping rights and claims.
  • Women and the youth continue to have limited access to and control over land
  • 70 per cent more agricultural land is needed to increase in food production by 2050.

Impact

Security of tenure has been improved for more than
27,000
households in Uganda, Zambia and the Philippines through the Global Land Tool Network with 2,611 occupancy certificates issued to beneficiaries in Uganda and Zambia
To-date, the GLTN programme has benefitted more than
300,000
households in Uganda, Zambia, Nepal, Democratic Republic of The Congo, Kenya, Philippines, Namibia and Iraq.

“My children and I still lived in fear of being attacked until our land was mapped and the boundaries were established"

Widow with 14 children in the small regional town of Pader, Uganda

Leaving no one and no place behind

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Hover over or touch the icons to learn about UN-Habitat's work on social inclusion here.

By focusing on a range of relationships and uses of land and how all groups experience tenure security, UN-Habitat addresses the social inclusion and human rights. Additionally, tenure security is part of the Right to Adequate Housing which UN-Habitat addresses through its specific focus on this topic.

By focusing on a range of relationships and uses of land and how all groups experience tenure security, UN-Habitat addresses the needs of women and girls in relation to land and tenure security as all groups are included in our work. Women’s empowerment is a key focus of our work on land and through the Global Land Tool Network. Specific tools and approaches are used which help understand women and girls relationships to land and how they can be engaged in processes and projects to improve their tenure security. Tools like the Gender Evaluation Criteria and the Continuum of Land Rights approach have been widely used to achieve change.

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Our Experts

Oumar Sylla
Branch Coordinator
Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch
Urban October