The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is a dynamic and multisectoral alliance of international partners committed to increasing access to land and tenure security for all, with a focus on the poor and women. The Network’s partners include international civil society organizations, research and training institutions, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and international professional bodies.

The Network develops, disseminates and implements pro-poor and gender-responsive Land Tools. These tools and approaches contribute to land reform, good land governance, inclusive land administration, sustainable land management, and functional land sector coordination.

Conventional approaches to land administration often fail to deliver the systemic and inclusive change urgently required, especially for the poor and vulnerable. It is estimated that the conventional land governance systems in many developing countries cover only about 30% of land – which is only a small proportion of the population, leaving out the often poorer majority. GLTN advocates for the recognition of a broader range of land rights and relationships to land including tenure security. These include individual, informal, customary, or group rights. Recognition of this important reality is at the heart of our work.

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villages had their data collected, capturing 578 parcels and 3,584 people, in the Chamuka Chiefdom, central Zambia. 409 Certificates of Customary Occupancy have been issued, with 209 allocated to female-headed households.
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households had their data collected, capturing more than 12,000 households in Kanyama settlement, in partnership with Lusaka City Council, the capital of Zambia. 33 Certificates of Occupancy have been issued, others will be issued in phases in the next year.
Yazidi households in Sinjar district, northern Iraq received Certificates of Occupancy after mapping and profiling with GLTN tools. This promoted sustainable and resilient towns for returnees as both beneficiaries and rightful occupants, and the rehabilitation of housing and infrastructure.

Established in 2016 by a group of Global Land Tool Network partners, led by UN-Habitat and the World Bank, the Arab Land Initiative addresses key regional land governance challenges and promote equal access to land for peace, stability, climate resilience and economic growth in the 22 Arab states.

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Donors and partners

The success of the Global Land Tool Network has been its investment in and commitment to multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnership development. Through GLTN, UN-Habitat has been able to reach out to a diverse group of stakeholders at global, regional and country levels including local communities to undertake projects and events related to tenure security. GLTN is able to work alongside UN-Habitat to connect with national and local level implementing partners from a diverse background and also has a track record of engaging traditional leaders.

Our Experts

Robert Lewis-Lettington
Chief, Land, Housing and Shelter Section
Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division