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Global Land Tool Network
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UN Gigiri Complex, New Office Facility, Block 3, South Wing, Level 3

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools.

Secure land tenure and property rights are fundamental to shelter and livelihoods as well as the realisation of human rights, poverty reduction,economic prosperity and sustainable development.

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) main objective therefore is to contribute to poverty alleviation and the Millennium Development Goals through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure.

UN-Habitat through GLTN continues to work towards this with partners who include international civil society organizations, international finance institutions, international research and training institutions, donors and professional bodies.

Most developing countries use conventional land administration systems which cover less than 30 per cent of the country, leaving up to 70 per cent of citizens looking to informal and/ or customary approaches for their tenure security.

While there are many examples of good land policies, there are few policies that have been fully implemented due to lack of pro-poor, gendersensitive and largescale land tools. Further, conventional land titling approaches have largely failed to deliver their expected results since existing technical solutions are too expensive, inappropriate for the range of tenure found in developing countries, unsustainable financially or in terms of available capacity, and instead a range of land tenure options is more appropriate.


Core Values

Consequently, GLTN's core values and principles are founded in the development of land tools that are:

  1. Pro poor;
  2. Equitable;
  3. Sustainable;
  4. Affordable;
  5. Systematically large scale /scalable; and,
  6. Gender-sensitive, while taking into consideration:
  7. Good governance;
  8. Subsidiarity; and,
  9. The Continuum of Land Rights.


GLTN Objectives and Mandate

GLTN has developed a global partnership on land issues pulling together global partners, as well as many individual members. These partners include international networks of civil society, International Finance Institutions, international research and training institutions, donors and professional bodies. It continues to take a more holistic approach to land issues by working towards the following objectives:

  • The establishment of a continuum of land rights, rather than just focus on individual land titling
  • Improving and developing pro-poor land management, as well as land tenure tools
  • Unblocking existing initiatives Assisting in strengthening existing land networks
  • Supporting in the development of gendered land tools which are affordable and useful to grassroots
  • Improving the general dissemination of knowledge about how to improve security of tenure
  • Improving the general knowledge dissemination on the improvement of security of tenure

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Implementing organizations: 

Support to the five year Strategic Plan of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) with the aim to support capacity of GLTN partners to help carry out land specific 'roadmaps' to stimulate land governance as described in the CFS Voluntary Guidelines; to encourage that Dutch GLTN partners are involved in the development of modern and low-cost instruments for better land governance; to underline the importance of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines and its adoption through a multi-stakeholder network like GLTN.

Implementing organizations: 

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) was established in 2006 and brings together over 70 international institutions to promote secure land and property rights for all, through the development of pro-poor and gender-appropriate land tools. The goal of GLTN Phase 2 programme is to ensure that “international organizations, UN-Habitat staff and related land programmes/projects and targeted national and local governments are better able to improve tenure security of the urban and rural poor”. Phase 2 builds on the success of Phase 1 that ended in 2011.

Implementing organizations: 

The grants contribute to the development and integration of pro-poor tools and approaches for securing land and natural resource rights into development programmes in 15 selected countries within East and Southern Africa (ESA). The main objective of the grants has been to identify common issues and to enhance lesson sharing and knowledge management on land‐related tools and approaches amongst the various projects, country stakeholders and partners. The principal target group is poor women and men involved in 22 IFAD supported projects and programmes in ESA.

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[via UN-HABITAT] How can we judge if a land tool is responsive to both women and men’s needs?

Despite progress on women’s rights, rights to land and security of tenure are not enjoyed equally by women and men in many parts of the world. This goes against international human rights, and also impacts negatively on households and the economy.

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