News in 2017

FIG-GLTN Workshop

Strengthening Cooperation with Partners in the Global Land Tool Network: Advocating and Implementing A Fit For Purpose Framework in the Country Context

19-20 November 2017 Kigali, Rwanda

Group photo of Learning Exchange

Vice President Diane Dumashie headed up the GLTN Land Professionals Cluster activity held in Kigali, Rwanda, 19-20 November 2017. 

The activity, a learning exchange: Advocating and Implementing a Fit-For-Purpose Framework in the Country Context: Delivering and Determining the First Implementation Steps, was organised by FIG.

A highly successful event was designed and facilitated by Dr. Diane Dumashie, Vice-President of FIG, and co facilitated by Prof Stig Enemark with input by Danilo Antonio (GLTN).  It attracted 25 participants from 10 Sub-Sahara Africa countries drawing upon public and private sector land professionals from the Africa Regional network, civic society including slum dwellers international, FAO and several ministries form across the African continent. The focus was to utilise a two day learning exchange that was designed as a road map approach that will enable participants to consider how to take the very first steps to progress delivery of Fit-For-Purpose (FFP) land administration systems in a country context. The event was co-hosted by GLTN, and will contribute to the GLTN outreach strategy for FFP by serving as a foundation template that may be replicated elsewhere.  

The FFP approach to land administration offers a practical solution to provide security of tenure for all and to enable effective management of land use and natural resources. It provides a new, innovative and pragmatic solution to land administration focused on developing countries, where current land administration solutions are not effective or not delivering at scale.

UN Habitat/ GLTN Fit For Purpose Guide

The FFP solutions provide frameworks to apply the spatial, legal and institutional methodologies that are most fit for the purpose to provide secure tenure for all by addressing implementation considerations in the present day, yet allowing for incremental improvement of land administration systems over time in the future.

The learning exchange objectives were to:

  • Create a strong and lasting understanding among participants of the FFP approach,
  • Explore how to change the status-quo, and
  • Identify what a learning exchange road map may look like


Participants from Public, Private, Academic and Civic society hard at work

The participants were highly engaged and interactive in developing a true understanding of how to take the FFP approach forward.  

Key learning outcomes at the end of the Learning Exchange, witnessed the participants concluding that the FFP approach

  • Provides trust in government through providing security of tenure 
  • Builds the future of land professionals – especially in developing countries
  • Serves people by building a sustainable future. 

Importantly, the format of the learning exchange is likely to work as a template for future events aiming to promote the FFP concept and engagements among land professionals.  FIG and specifically the Africa Regional network, looks forward to continue to engage with the Global Land Tools Network.

The facilitators, Stig Enemark, Danilo Antonio and Diane Dumashie

Following the FIG-GLTN Workshop the FIG Africa Regional Network Meeting was held in Musanze, 22-24 November 2017. Report will follow.

Dr Diane Dumashie FRICS, Vice President FIG
December 2017