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The Global Donor Database and map on land programmes

On December 9, 2016 The Global Donor Working Group on Land co-organized a discussion on Improving Openness and Transparency in Land-Based Investments: Goals, Challenges and Solutions at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Paris. The event will bring a diverse group of stakeholders together to share perspectives and discuss a range of efforts to promote transparent land governance and advance effective use of disclosed information at the global, national, and local levels.

Among the specific initiatives and tools to be discussed is, an online repository of publicly available investor-state contracts for agriculture and forestry projects. The event is being co-organized by CCSI, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Open Contracting Partnership, and the World Resources Institute.

  • Cooperating with the Global Donor Working Group on Land – comprising bilateral and multilateral donors as well as development agencies – USAID led a data collection and visualisation project that gathered information from around the globe. Currently the database retains 716 projects in 135 countries with a total value of 9.7 billion dollars.

Project details have already been submitted by Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, FAO and the World Bank. The Canadian and Japanese development agencies have recently joined this initiative and are in the process of entering information to the database.

  • The database includes an initial 445 programmes with a combined worth of US$2.8 billion. The purpose of the database is to improve understanding of who is doing what and where in the land and resource governance sector and to improve coordination.

The overall aim of the initiative is to improve donor coordination and to support implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. To achieve this a clear understanding of who is doing what and where in the land and resource governance sector is necessary. The database therefore contains information on the location, duration, funding and scope of each programme, as well as on the specific aspects of the Voluntary Guidelines it supports.

The interactive mapping tool clearly displays where different donors and development agencies are working and what they do with respect to land and resource governance. The database allows donors to include links to supplemental resources, such as reports on their programme websites. This information helps various stakeholders identify opportunities to leverage their resources for greater impact in the efforts to improve food security and nutrition, reduce land-related conflicts and promote economic growth.

Road map 2014-2017

In 2014, under the inaugural chairmanship by DFID, the Global Donor Working Group on Land developed its 3-year road map for 2014-2017, with the following objectives:

What have been the greatest challenges to improve monitoring and evaluation systems? And even when available, is the evidence accessible to all and effectively used by policy makers? Read more about Evaluating the impact of land governance projects.

Further reading:

Open Data and Land Governance: Increased accountability and transparency as a means to overcoming poverty?