USAID LAND TENURE and PROPERTY RIGHTS PORTAL

Commentary

By Anthony Piaskowy, Land Tenure, Communications and Learning Specialist in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office.
 
Today marks the three-year anniversary of the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT). The endorsement of the VGGT in 2012 represented an unprecedented step in recognizing the importance of improving land and other resource governance systems as a strategy for...
 
In celebration of this year's Earth Day, we sat down with World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Chris Weaver over Skype to discuss the links between secure land and resource rights and WWF's conservation work in Namibia. Mr. Weaver has been the director of WWF’s Namibia program since 1993, providing guidance and assistance to Namibian partner organizations in the development of one of the...
 
Each quarter we will interview an expert whose work touches on aspects of land tenure and resource management. These will include evaluation specialists, country experts or USAID staff. Our first interview is with Dr. Lauren Persha, who is a member of the core research team of the Impact Evaluation of USAID’s Tenure and Global Climate Change (TGCC) project in Zambia.
 
At this year’s World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, USAID had the opportunity to highlight exactly why land rights matter and what USAID is doing to address land tenure and property rights issues around the world. Eleven presentations, two Master Classes, and a booth at the Innovation Fair featured USAID's work designing, testing and evaluating innovative and cost-effective...
 

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