Tools and Mission Resources

These tools and Mission resources are intended to help USAID staff as well as other U.S. Government personnel and development practitioners to 1) identify USAID funding mechanisms, services, and tools, and 2) provide information that will help development practitioners, policy makers, and programs to assess, implement, and evaluate efforts to strengthen land and resource rights for all members of society.

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Funding/Contract Mechanisms

The Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights (STARR) IDIQ is a broad support mechanism designed to provide short- and long-term technical assistance available for field Missions and other Offices and Bureaus through August 1, 2020. Learn about STARR, STARR II and other mechanisms »

Technical Assistance

The E3/Land team at USAID provides technical support and thought leadership to USAID Missions and other U.S. Government departments and agencies. Learn more about the services provided »

Geospatial Analytics

E3/Land works with USAID Missions and offices, host country governments, communities and other partners to use geospatial analytics and data throughout the life cycle of land and resource governance projects and evaluations to improve decision making. Learn how »

Tools and Guides

A suite of tools and guides provides background, guidance, and constraints to consider on a variety of land tenure and property rights related issues. Learn more »

MAST in the Field

Preventing and Mitigating Conflict over Land and Resources Tenure insecurity can contribute to conflict over land and natural resources. This is particularly true where demand for land from individuals, communities, companies, and governments has increased, and where land governance is weak. Globally, the potential for these conflicts is increasing as demand for land multiplies. Participatory…Read More

Kenya Justice Project Implementation Guide

Subtitle: Dissemination of Lessons Learned: Enhancing Customary Justice Systems in the Mau Forest, Kenya. In 2010, Kenya adopted a new Constitution that guarantees equal rights for women and men and recognizes the role of traditional justice actors in resolving disputes, to the extent those actors comply with the principles enshrined in the Constitution. The following…Read More

Taking Stock of the Voluntary Guidelines on Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries – Development and Testing of a Country-level Assessment Tool

Through its commitment to addressing extreme poverty, USAID is integrating a deeper understanding of the role marine tenure and small-scale fisheries play in supporting biodiversity conservation, food security, inclusive economic growth, and other priority development objectives. Maintaining healthy and resilient marine and coastal ecosystems provides the natural capital to support USAID’s objective to conserve biodiversity…Read More

Intimate Partner Violence and Land Toolkit

Each year, millions of women are physically and sexually assaulted by intimate or domestic partners. The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 30 percent of women have experienced this kind of violence (2013), making it the most common form of gender-based violence. The U.S. Government (USG) is committed to preventing and responding to…Read More

Looking to the Sea to Support Development Objectives: A Primer for USAID Staff and Partners

How does marine tenure security support biodiversity conservation for sustainable small-scale fisheries? USAID’s Biodiversity Policy (USAID, 2014b) recognizes the essential role that healthy natural systems play in advancing resilient societies and achieving human-development outcomes. Biodiversity conservation efforts, including sustainable use, help to maintain natural processes that create the ecosystem goods and services—such as wild fisheries—essential…Read More

TGCC Vietnam Toolkit: Participatory Coastal Spatial Planning at the District Level

The Government of Vietnam is highly interested in improving coastal forest management, especially for mangrove forests. Decree 119/2016/ND-CP, approved by the Government of Vietnam in August 2016, focuses on policies for the sustainable management, protection, and development of coastal forests to support adaptation to climate change. The Our Coast – Our Future pilot project promotes…Read More

Vietnam: LAW Property Rights and Gender Training Toolkit

This Program aims to increase farmers’ awareness of land rights, facilitate their ability to exercise these rights, collect evidence on the (key) barriers farmers face in upholding land rights, and strengthen the capacity of local civil society organizations and mass organizations to advocate for gender equitable application of existing laws. A key activity in the…Read More

TGCC Tool: REDD+ Rights and Benefits Assessment

Document Title: Assessment Tool for Clarifying Rights to Derive Benefits from REDD+ Activities This “Rights and Benefits” assessment tool is intended to help identify changes in national and sub-national natural resources rights and tenure governance laws, regulations, and policies, as well as in the REDD+ program itself, that will enable all stakeholders, including those for…Read More

Situation Assessment and Intervention Planning Tool

The LTPR Situation Assessment and Intervention Planning Tool (SAIP) can be used when a USAID mission suspects the presence of LTPR concerns in a country and wants information upon which to base programmatic decisions, or when USAID wishes to examine the current LTPR situation in a country in light of previous interventions. Under both circumstances,…Read More

Washington Declaration Diagnostic Framework

The Washington Declaration Diagnostic Framework (WDDF) is a self-measurement tool for use by governments. It is designed to help artisanal diamond producing countries evaluate how their legal frameworks, policies, and practices regarding artisanal and small-scale diamond mining align with the goals of the Washington Declaration to improve and monitor their progress over time. Artisanal and…Read More