Weak land governance is globally recognized as an obstacle to development and stability. Secure land tenure is seen as a driver of poverty reduction, food security and gender equality. This recognition has led to increased efforts by donors, governments and civil society to improve land governance and the inclusion of a land tenure indicator in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
However, these efforts contrast with the lack of evidence on their impact. Indeed, while many implementers conduct evaluations of their performance, few of them conduct evaluations of their impact.
Based on the literature and interviews with practitioners working in the field, this data story reflects on the complexities of measuring the impact of land governance projects and summarizes some of the best practices for impact evaluation from the well-known guidelines on the topic.
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This is the first in a series of data stories from the Land Portal Foundation as part of the the LAND-at-scale program. LAND-at-scale is a Dutch land governance support program, financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by RVO.