Acronym
GLTN
Focal point
gltn@unhabitat.org

Location

UN Gigiri Complex, New Office Facility, Block 3, South Wing, Level 3
Kenya
KE

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools.

Secure land tenure and property rights are fundamental to shelter and livelihoods as well as the realisation of human rights, poverty reduction,economic prosperity and sustainable development.

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) main objective therefore is to contribute to poverty alleviation and the Millennium Development Goals through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure.

UN-Habitat through GLTN continues to work towards this with partners who include international civil society organizations, international finance institutions, international research and training institutions, donors and professional bodies.

Most developing countries use conventional land administration systems which cover less than 30 per cent of the country, leaving up to 70 per cent of citizens looking to informal and/ or customary approaches for their tenure security.

While there are many examples of good land policies, there are few policies that have been fully implemented due to lack of pro-poor, gendersensitive and largescale land tools. Further, conventional land titling approaches have largely failed to deliver their expected results since existing technical solutions are too expensive, inappropriate for the range of tenure found in developing countries, unsustainable financially or in terms of available capacity, and instead a range of land tenure options is more appropriate.

 

Core Values

Consequently, GLTN's core values and principles are founded in the development of land tools that are:

  1. Pro poor;
  2. Equitable;
  3. Sustainable;
  4. Affordable;
  5. Systematically large scale /scalable; and,
  6. Gender-sensitive, while taking into consideration:
  7. Good governance;
  8. Subsidiarity; and,
  9. The Continuum of Land Rights.

 

GLTN Objectives and Mandate

GLTN has developed a global partnership on land issues pulling together global partners, as well as many individual members. These partners include international networks of civil society, International Finance Institutions, international research and training institutions, donors and professional bodies. It continues to take a more holistic approach to land issues by working towards the following objectives:

  • The establishment of a continuum of land rights, rather than just focus on individual land titling
  • Improving and developing pro-poor land management, as well as land tenure tools
  • Unblocking existing initiatives Assisting in strengthening existing land networks
  • Supporting in the development of gendered land tools which are affordable and useful to grassroots
  • Improving the general dissemination of knowledge about how to improve security of tenure
  • Improving the general knowledge dissemination on the improvement of security of tenure

Global Land Tool Network Resources

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Land Governance: A Review and Analysis of Key International Frameworks cover image
Reports & Research
November 2017
Global

This publication features the key provisions on land (governance) in recent relevant international frameworks including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III), the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G) and the Guiding Principles on Large- Scale Land-Based Investment in Africa (LSLBI Principles).

Urban Land Conflicts and Evictions in Latin America and the Caribbean
Reports & Research
September 2017
Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin American and Caribbean Urban CSO Cluster, part of the Global Land Tools Network (GTLN), together with Habitat for Humanity’s Solid Ground Campaign and the Land Portal Foundation, launched an online debate on Urban Land Conflicts in Latin America and the Caribbean in January 2017. Responding to the common interest to make information easy to access and flow to boost collaboration among stakeholders as a critical basis to improve land governance.

Expert Group Meeting: Securing Women's Land Rights In The SDGs Monitoring Framework cover image
Conference Papers & Reports
July 2017
Global

This Expert Group Meeting (EGM1 ) was convened with the purpose of examining land indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promoting meaningful and harmonised approaches to monitoring women’s land rights (WLR)2 . It was convened by the Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII) of the GLTN, UN Habitat, and Oxfam with inputs and assistance from Landesa, UN Women and Huairou Commission as part of a process of work on the development of methodologies for the land related SDG indicator monitoring.