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LAND-at-scale is a land governance support programme for developing countries. The livelihood of a large part of the world’s population depends directly on having secure access to land. LAND-at-scale aims to contribute to fair and just tenure security and access to land and natural resources for all. This will lead to more sustainable and efficient use of land and natural resources for food, housing and production. It will also reduce conflicts and competing claims over land.
Improved land governance will help realize many of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). It will support food and nutrition security, economic development and peace and stability. The programme also contributes to more sustainable incomes and social justice. Women’s rights and climate change are important cross-cutting themes in the programme, as can be found in the LAND-at-scale programme document.
LAND-at-scale strives to realise just and fair land governance. In the long-term, this will contribute to SDGs 1, 2, 5, 11, 15 and 17 and may contribute indirectly to SDGs 8, 9, 10, 13 and 16. In the shorter-term, the programme focuses on the following outcomes:
Improved, fit-for-purpose land administration.
- Improved land-use management planning, including participatory land consolidation, sound natural resource management and social integration;
- Improved access to justice for land-related conflicts and conflict resolution. Fewer cases of land conflicts and equal opportunities for man and woman;
- Increased inclusiveness in access to land, land use documentation, land rental and land markets. There is a special focus on women, youth and vulnerable people;
- Increased knowledge and learning about the effects of innovative approaches and how to scale successful land governance methods that advance structural change;
- New and improved action-oriented, multi-stakeholder networks. These networks enhance just, inclusive and sustainable land governance.
Ideas for LAND-at-scale can be issued by Dutch Embassies. They should contain the upscaling of successful pilots or innovative pilots with upscaling potential. All ideas should relate to fair, inclusive and sustainable land governance at country, regional or landscape level. Ideas can involve a single intervention or several, related interventions needed to achieve the change wanted.
Dutch Embassies must share ideas for LAND-at-scale with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The LAND-at-scale Committee then selects most promising ideas. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency will explore the possibilities to translate ideas into projects. This will be done in close collaboration with embassies and local stakeholders. Once the idea has been formulated into a project strategy, the organisations that will implement the project will be identified. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency manages the projects.
Activities supported by LAND-at-scale contribute to the result frameworks of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ priority themes. These themes include food & nutrition security, access to justice, private sector development and gender equality. Land governance activities LAND-at-scale supports include:
Making existing and new land-based investments inclusive and sustainable;
- Scaling and piloting innovative interventions that enhance structural change;
- Capacity development of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders;
- Improving the position of women, youth and vulnerable people;
- Joint learning, knowledge exchange and multi-stakeholder action.
- Lobby and advocacy;
Criteria for support
The criteria for support are included in the LAND-at-scale programme document. To qualify for support, ideas must:
follow the annual LAND-at-scale strategic plan and the strategic plans of the relevant Dutch Embassy;
- contribute to the LAND-at-scale aims;
- have local support from the key stakeholders;
- be additional to the market; and
- not be eligible to apply to other programmes from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Supported interventions will be carried based on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT). LAND-at-scale projects will promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. Projects will also give attention to the effects of climate change. Support can be provided in various forms. This includes knowledge exchange, contracts and tailor made grants. Civil society organisations (CSOs), producer organisations, knowledge institutes, governments and companies or consortia may be chosen to carry out the interventions.
LAND-at-scale is open to all low and middle income countries, except for the countries in Europe. Preference will be given to ideas from countries within the focus regions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and countries where LAND-at-scale can build on earlier Dutch supported interventions.
LAND-at-scale has an implementation budget of €32 million and will be open until 2024. The programme welcomes co-financing and cooperation with other demand-driven initiatives that aim to improve just, inclusive and sustainable land governance
Currently (early 2021), the first LAND-at-scale projects are kicking off. Projects will assist the following countries:
Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Egypt, Mali, Mozambique, Palestine Territories, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.