The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin is seeking a consultant to research beneficial land ownership in Sierra Leone, applying and testing a newly developed methodology.

BACKGROUND

Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.

As an integral part of its strategic priorities, TI works on the promotion of social accountability to counter corruption. This consists of working on a number of thematic areas including land corruption.

In many countries, unidentified private individuals and legal entities retain significant economic benefits from land. The issue of anonymous “beneficial ownership” affects land tenure security globally. The lack of transparency in land registries (including beneficial ownership information) and land transfers pose a major land governance challenge. This lack of transparency can make it harder for affected communities and or governments to hold legal entities accountable for any sort of violation (environmental, human rights, etc) they commit.

Although in some sectors (for example finance), beneficial ownership transparency has been introduced as a means to address money laundering and corruption, this research methodology focuses primarily on transparency for the purposes of improving accountability in land use, land-related decision making and land transactions.

The methodology is meant to provide a basic framework for researching beneficial land ownership at one primary unit of geographic analysis, examining Sierra Leone as a pilot.

The project aims to reach key audiences—policymakers, governments, private companies, smallholders, communities- and provide these audiences with key information needed to propose and advocate for new laws, policies, and practices in the area of beneficial landownership. A research report produced as part of this project will inform debates on landownership transparency and highlight the importance of addressing transparency and accountability issues. The report / the methodology will be presented at relevant international conferences and meetings.

OBJECTIVES

To apply and test the new methodology to research beneficial land ownership
To compile a comprehensive and concise report presenting the findings from Sierra Leone

Application Closing Date: 13 November 2017
Start Date: 20 November 2017
Duration: 20 November - 10 December 2017
Location: Remote

For more information, including the application details, visit the tender page on the Transparency International website.

 

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