Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Location: MC 10-100
Date: Friday, 24/Mar/2017
9:00am - 10:30am13-08: Land Tools for Secure Tenure for All

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Land Tools for Secure Tenure for All

Danilo Antonio, Cyprian Selebalo, John Gitau, Samuel Mabikke

United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Kenya

Established in 2006, the Global Land Tool Network is a growing coalition of more than 70 international partners concerned with rural and urban land issues, working together to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through promoting secure land and property rights for all, demonstrated through country-level interventions. The Network builds on a shared understanding that delivering land rights to the poor requires a development of pro-poor land tools at scale within the framework of the continuum of land rights approach. Access to land and secure tenure is a key requisite to alleviate poverty, food security and promote sustainable development in developing countries.

The global agenda, as set out by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), includes six goals (goals 1, 2, 5, 11, 15 and 16) which have a significant land component mentioned in the targets; the implementation of the pro-poor land tools will not only support the promotion of tenure security and sustainable use of land but will also provide a means of measuring them.

The overall objective of the MasterClass will be to provide an overview of GLTN land tools, including the Fit for Purpose Land Administration, and application contexts.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-08: Emerging Alternative Land Tools in MENA and Asia

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Emerging Alternative Land And Financing Tools In MENA And Asia

M. Siraj Sait1, Jean Du Plessis2, Reza Pourvaziry3

1University of East London, United Kingdom; 2UN-Habitat, Global Land Tool Network, Kenya; 3International City Leaders, Canada

Most countries in the MENA region and parts of Asia have dual land economy systems and pluralist legal frameworks. Apart from conventional land financing tools, participative and ethical finance models are accelerating newer opportunities for land development. For example, Islamic finance is now estimated globally at over $2 trillion driving much of real estate, infrastructure and development business with their potential recently recognised in mainstream land discourse. Similarly, several innovative land tenure practices in these regions offer supplemental tools for strengthening sustainable land access and governance. This Masterclass focuses on some key distinctive concepts, tools and practices emerging from these alternate methods. In addition to identifying the main products and their compatibility with conventional systems, the session offers a practical overview of trends in countries ranging from the UAE, Iran and Saudi Arabia to Malaysia, Pakistan and Indonesia. The effectiveness of 'ethical' finance, its participative risk-sharing features, community land-based products and land investment bonds are assessed in facilitating equitable land rights and governance. Their contribution to financial inclusion, gender equality and youth employment in conflict, disaster or transition communities is also explored. The Masterclass would interest researchers, policy makers, civil society partners and project managers working in MENA and Asia.

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-08: The Social Tenure Domain Model

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Actualizing Standards and Interoperability, Participatory Enumerations and Mapping through the Social Tenure Domain Model

Danilo Antonio, John Gitau, Cyprian Selebalo, Hellen Nyamweru, Everlyne Nairesiae

United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Kenya

Global Land Tool Network, facilitated by UN-Habitat, has been developing the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM), which is a pro-poor, participatory and affordable land tool for capturing person-to-land relationships cognizant of the land rights continuum. STDM as it stands seeks to broaden the land administration framework by providing alternative to the institutional, technical and fiscal gaps in conventional land administration system.

STDM makes it possible to bring the social element into land administration by:

- Recognizing informal tenure arrangements based on the continuum of land rights;

- Unpacking existing social tenures, by means of classifications and coding of land rights and inclusion of those tenure types in data collection and maintenance;

- Opening options for innovative and incremental approaches to improving tenure security by means of conversions;

- Bridging the gap between informal systems and formal systems that emphasize titles by means of standardized approaches allowing legal and technical interoperability between basic land recordation and formal registrations;

- Giving a snap-shot of the ‘people-land’ relationships at any given time.

The overall objective of the MasterClass will be to provide an overview of the STDM tool as well as its use and application in different areas