Land Governance in the Urban-Rural Nexus (single phase)

Project completed

Responsible land governance is a central element in the current process of rural transformation and urbanization in developing countries, but its complex relations to food security and fragility have not received sufficient attention. SDC will support the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), facilitated by UN-Habitat, in addressing these challenges through preparing pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools to improve tenure security for urban and rural poor with a conflict-sensitive approach.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Agriculture & food security
Conflict & fragility
Agricultural policy
Conflict prevention
Agricultural development
01.07.2015 - 31.12.2017
CHF  781’000

Land governance policies have generally suffered from multiple implementation deficits across contexts and continents: pro-poor, gender-sensitive and large-scale tools are missing, or too expensive and inappropriate to cover the range of identified land tenure issues. Major capacity gaps have also been identified among public authorities (national and decentralized levels) and private stakeholders (professionals, academia/research, CSOs).

While land governance challenges are located in urban or rural areas, there is a need to foster communication, learning and capacity development across the urban-rural nexus in light of the speed and scale of the urbanization process in developing countries. Increased pressures on land and other natural resources also need to be addressed within a conflict-sensitive approach, since uncoordinated interventions on land governance may not be supportive to food security and/or peace building objectives.


International partner organisations and key (public and private) stakeholders are better able to improve land governance interventions in the urban-rural nexus through strengthened conflict-sensitive multi-stakeholder partnership and coordination.

Target groups

Local and national stakeholders involved in land governance interventions in developing countries through GLTN international partners (67 from bilateral agencies and foundations, professional bodies, training/research institutions, multilateral institutions and CSOs).

Medium-term outcomes
  • Increased knowledge and awareness of challenges and opportunities related to land governance and tenure security interventions in the urban/rural nexus context through the development of land tools, guidelines and approaches within a conflict-sensitive approach.
  • Strengthened capacity of key stakeholders in addressing land governance and tenure security challenges through a conflict-sensitive approach.

Results from previous phases:  

  • GLTN’s tools and approaches are well captured in global and regional land governance interventions (World Bank’s Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF), CFS-led Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure VGGT, AU/AfDB/UNECA Land Policy Initiative (LPI);
  •  GLTN’s experiences in fragile and post-conflict situations (DR Congo, Liberia, Uganda, Iraq) will be an asset for the proposed intervention.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Other UN Organisation

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    781’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    802’077 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF   781’000
Project phases

Phase 1 01.07.2015 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)