Improved management of natural resources and important ecosystem services not only supports economic growth and strengthens resilience to climate change but also can provide the foundation for sustainable development.

Land Tenure and Property Rights

Secure property rights are a key to economic growth. Equitable access to land is the basis for pro-poor and socially inclusive economic growth, while competition for land often inflames tensions between different groups, resulting in conflict. In the context of climate change and population growth, with greater pressure on scarce resources, secure and equitable access to land is becoming increasingly important. As a result, the international development community is escalating its support for land-related programs around the world.

Over the past two decades, DAI has successfully worked with diverse set of international clients and development partners—including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the European Union, and private partners, to implement land tenure and property right (LTPR) projects worldwide. We’ve built our land practice by using cost-effective methodologies, working through and strengthening local institutions to regularize tenure while placing relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries front and center.

Deploying proven program management framework, we take an integrated approach that brings together:

  • Locally tailored interventions building on local practices and experience.
  • Pilot testing of innovative practices, which then allow for larger roll-out programs.
  • A commitment to ensure that the poor, women, and marginalized groups are included in every aspect of the program.

Our land tenure and property rights work includes securing property rights, policy and legal reforms and regularization, cadaster development, land record rehabilitation and management, land information systems, institution building and information dissemination, participatory land use and resource planning, dispute resolution and mitigation, training, research and communications, and grants management.

DAI holds an indefinite-quantity contract with USAID—Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights (STARR)—through which DAI and specialist partners provide land tenure and property rights services to USAID and its government, private sector, and nonprofit partners around the world. DAI tenure specialists carry out cutting-edge research on the impacts of tenure interventions on economic development, equity, and social stability. We are also a leading provider of land services to the U.K. government, with a successful portfolio of work in Africa and the Caribbean.

For more about our work in this field, see the Land Rights issue of Developing Alternatives.

Our Experts

Felicity Buckle is a member of the Climate and Natural Resources Management team at DAI’s U.K. office and is responsible for coordinating its land and property rights portfolio across a variety of donors.

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Kevin Carlucci is a development professional with more than 20 years of experience across a diverse set of disciplines, including finance, natural resource management, economic policy reform, and emerging market economic development.

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John Leckie has 19 years of international project experience in the land, natural resources, and environment sectors in Europe, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, and South America.

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Matthew Roberts leads the U.K. office’s Programme Resources team, which oversees the systems, processes, and resources that DAI uses to efficiently deliver its portfolio of U.K. Government-funded projects.

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Our Projects

Pakistan—Land Registration in Merged Areas (LRMA) Activity

The Land Registration in Merged Areas Activity is establishing a land record and registration system in seven districts of northwestern Pakistan so that citizens, families, landowners, investors, banks, and government actors have access to accurate, understandable, and current records of their land rights.

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Tajikistan—Feed the Future Agriculture and Land Governance (ALG)

Feed the Future Tajikistan Agriculture and Land Governance (ALG) Activity assists the government to sustainably reduce hunger, undernutrition, and poverty among smallholder farmers by developing more productive and efficient agriculture systems, building the resilience of smallholders, and improving the enabling environment to facilitate sustainable and long-term, ag-led growth.

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Liberia—Long-Term Technical Assistance for the Implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA)

This project increases the value of traded timber products, strengthen forest law enforcement and governance, and share forest benefits more equitably through implementation of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement between Liberia and the European Union.

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Ethiopia—Responsible and Innovative Land Administration Project II (REILA II)

DAI is supporting NIRAS to promote sustainable land management policies and practices that will improve the economic well-being of rural Ethiopians and combat land degradation resulting from climate change.

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Malawi—Technical Cooperation to Strengthen National Capacity in Implementing Land Policies and Laws Efficiently and Effectively (Land Governance)

The Malawi Land Governance programme enhanced people’s livelihoods and food security through sustainable agricultural development, with an emphasis on reaching remote rural areas and vulnerable populations.

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Tanzania—Feed the Future Tanzania Land Tenure Assistance (LTA)

The Land Tenure Assistance activity is pioneering a low-cost, participatory land registration system that works at the local level to enable smallholder landowners to secure their property rights.

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Ethiopia—Land Investment for Transformation (LIFT)

The Land Investment for Transformation programme raised incomes for the rural poor and vulnerable populations in Ethiopia and enhanced economic growth through second-level land certification and improved rural land administration.

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DAI’s Employee Ownership Initiative Wins Prestigious Award

DAI was yesterday named an award winner at the 17th annual conference of the Global Equity Organization (GEO), a professional membership organization dedicated to advancing understanding of employee share plans. DAI won in a new award category, Best Use of a Share Plan in a Private Company.

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