As governments press pause on economic activities and people change their work and social behaviors to halt the spread of COVID-19, there are several hidden dimensions that can put pressure on land governance and management and threaten the land rights security of millions worldwide. The response to the pandemic has unfolded like a slow-moving natural disaster, disrupting the daily pattern of our lives and revealing stressors on our institutions.
"In the course of our long-standing association with the Land Portal we have been impressed by the competency and breadth of knowledge of Land Portal staff. We were invited to facilitate an online discussion on what we can do to achieve sustainable pro-poor land reform in South Africa. In the process we learnt important skills for the moderation of online discussions and the importance of thorough preparation to ensure a quality outcome. This resulted in a particularly rich discussion on the rationale for land taxes and strengthened land administration. Some of the ideas discussed here and the interchange between discussants later influenced contributions to consultative sessions organised by the Presidential Advisory Panel on Agriculture and Land Reform on the need to re-purpose land administration."