The purpose of this Call for Proposal is to solicit interest from existing or prospective Implementing Partners to participate in the implementation of the Global Land Tool Network / UN-Habitat “Arab region programme on good land governance in support to inclusive development, peace and stability” funded by BMZ. This will include contributing complementary resources (e.g. human resources, knowledge, in-cash and in-kind contributions, supplies and/or equipment, etc.) to achieving the common objectives outlined in this document and subsequently agreed in an Agreement of Cooperation to be stipulated between GLTN/UN-Habitat and the selected Implementing Partners.

Date of issue of the Call for Proposal: 17 June 2019

Deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest:  17 July 2019

Contacts for questions and submission: and 


I. Background of the programme

The way land is accessed, used and controlled has an important impact on social, economic and environmental dimensions of a society, touching upon all key elements of sustainable social and economic development, peace and stability, and realisation of human rights. This makes of land a cornerstone for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (16, 1,2,5,10,11 & 15). The Arab region is undergoing a decade of profound change and challenges. Noticeable progress in some countries and some sectors is clouded by the spiraling into social unrest and violent conflict in others. Arab countries cannot be treated as a monolith, as individual countries have distinctive needs, priorities, problems and economic, political, and social contexts that must be recognized when developing strategies and plans. However, while there are apparent national differences, regional commonalities and trends can be observed. These are the need to strengthen land-related institutions, reducing social exclusion, inequalities and gender gaps, improve the responses to climate change, displacement, migration and violent extremism that undermine the overall stability and development of Arab societies.

The Arab Land Initiative was established in 2016 to address some of these key land governance challenges faced by the Arab states by increasing coordination, collaboration, knowledge and information sharing among organisations and institutions active in the region. The Dubai Declaration on Land Governance reflects the key themes to be addressed in the region and it was the basis for the development of a specific 3-year programme funded by BMZ and being implemented under the leadership of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN). The “Arab region programme on good land governance in support to inclusive development, peace and stability” has the overall objective to improve the capacity of regional and national stakeholders to manage and administer urban, peri- urban and rural land in the Arab States to foster peace and stability and to achieve inclusive social and economic development – particularly for women, youth and displaced.

The present Call for Proposals invites interested organisations and institutions from the Arab region to submit applications for the implementation of specific programme’s activities as described below.


II. Outline of the Activities

The “Arab region programme on good land governance in support to inclusive development, peace and stability” has four priorities: (1) Promote collaboration and coordination; (2) Develop and share knowledge; (3) Develop capacities of individuals and organisations; and (4) Support the implementation of existing land-related programmes and interventions in selected countries through the use of fit-for-purpose land tools and approaches.

An outline of the activities to be implemented in partnership by the Global Land Tool Network and the Implementing Partners to be identified through this Call for Proposals is below. Further information necessary for the submission of the proposals by interested Partners is available in the Annexes to this document. A full description of the activities to be implemented will be contained in the Agreements of Cooperation to be signed between GLTN/UN-Habitat and the selected Implementing Partners.

Through this Call for Proposal, GLTN/UN-Habitat intends to identify ten (10) different Implementing Partners that will each implement one (1) of the Agreements of Cooperation outlined. The details on how to submit Expressions of Interests can be found in the attached Document.

The work under each Agreement of Cooperation will be implemented in partnership with GLTN and in collaboration with other regional and international GLTN partners. A Reference Group, composed of personnel from organisations that are part of the Arab Land Initiative, will provide guidance on the content of the different studies. 


III. Timeline and practical aspects for the submission of Expressions of Interest

a. Which organizations can submit Expressions of Interest

Institutions and organisations applying for the implementation of one of the ten (10) different Agreements of Cooperation (see the Document attached) should comply with the following criteria of eligibility:

  1. Be a registered non-profit organization (academic, civil society, intergovernmental and/or international organization) or any other organization complying with the eligibility requirements detailed in the tables below.

  2. Be based in one of the countries composing the Arab region.

b. What information needs to be submitted as part of the Expression of Interest
Applicants should provide the documents listed: in the Document attached, including (1) cover letter, (2) short portfolio - with annexes, (3) and technical proposal. Only complete submission documents will be considered by the selection board. Submissions from applicants failing to provide the requested information will be disregarded.

Submissions in English or French will be accepted.

For more detailed information on how to apply please read the full document below.