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DRC country level

 Women collecting firewood in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo © UN-HABITAT

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of GLTN’s priority countries for engagement, identified in the initial roll out of country level work in 2014, with the intention to undertake extensive land tool testing and implementation in the coming years.

Since 2012, in partnership with the Ministère des Affaires Foncières (Ministry of Lands), UN-Habitat through GLTN has championed numerous interventions in DRC supporting the land reform process, promoting knowledge such as the study on women’s access to land in post conflict, supporting the land sector coordination and developing pro-poor lands tools such as the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) in post land mediation areas, and undertaking capacity development interventions at national and local levels to address the capacity gaps of land stakeholders. The interventions have also sought to contribute to a more cohesive institutional and legal framework on land administration and management.

GLTN’s catalytic engagement

The DRC land sector is complex with different actors, interests and degrees of influence. Stakeholders and initiatives have been identified and analyzed using the GLTN assessment framework applying a Fit-for-Purpose change model.

GLTN seeks to support existing projects and provide value-addition to stakeholders and initiatives that show shared core values of securing the tenure for the urban and rural poor, capacity and potential to generate new knowledge, improve and expand relations and eventually influence power relations.

Implementation will be guided by the DRC Plan of Action (2015-2017). The overall goal is to build on progress made so far by key land stakeholders in the country, particularly through UN-Habitat land programmes that GLTN has been supporting since 2011.

The envisioned overall impact is to contribute the national aim of peace and stability through the promotion of tenure security, food security through improved livelihood of farming families and better urban management.

The long-term objectives of this plan of action are to contribute to the improvement of land management systems through better knowledge management, catalyzing land stakeholders for improved coordination and promoting pro-poor, gender-responsive and conflict-sensitive land tools.

Main areas of interventions

  1. Support the land reform process, knowledge management at national and/or provincial level(s). This will be done through land sector review, transparency in land administration, dialogue among land stakeholders and thematic groups.
  2. Land sector coordination platform - Improved Central-local government dialogues, catalyzing civil society platforms, and support to donor coordination.
  3. Testing and developing tools – with a focus on promotion of good land security practices through the experimentation and dissemination of innovative tools for land security, documenting what has been done by the various actors highlighting successes, challenges and lessons learnt. This also includes Participatory Enumeration and STDM, Land Mediation, application of the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC), Land Use Planning(LUP),  Transparency in Land Administration and PILaR.

Download the GLTN – DRC Plan of Action

Additional Resources

For more information: Contact Christol Paluku at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Info:

Location: Gigiri, UN Complex
Office: NOF South Wing Block 3
Telephone: +254 207623858
Email: gltn[at]unhabitat.org

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