Thursday, October 31, 2013
PUBLICATION: The Possible Shape of a Land Transparency Initiative
A report from ODI examines other transparency initiative and draws lessons for the case of land. The key messages:
- Transparency is not an objective in itself but a means to an end.
- Possible aims of a land transparency initiative are to improve the impact of land investments on poverty alleviation and food security in developing countries, and increase security of tenure and transparency of land governance.
- Clear indicators of success and a monitoring system need to be established from the start, with flexibility to adapt these as needed as the initiative evolves.
- Meaningful consultation and participation are key and need adequate time and space to develop.
- Data should be of high quality, openly available, and in an accessible, widely used format, although this can often be the main factor causing problems of transparency.
- A clear institutional structure for governing a land transparency initiative needs to be set up with distinct roles and mandates at international and national levels.