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 »

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

Forest Carbon Rights Guidebook: A Tool for Framing Legal Rights to Carbon Benefits Generated Through REDD+ Programming

This guidebook is designed to enable development practitioners and policy makers to cultivate a deeper appreciation of carbon rights, the challenges associated with them, and their implications for REDD+ programming. Ultimately, the guidebook aims to assist practitioners to identify options for framing carbon rights in law that will yield positive outcomes for the environment and…Read More

Institutional Assessment Tool for Benefit Sharing Under REDD+

This tool is designed to help USAID staff prioritize support for capacity-building of new or existing institutions that manage and disburse equitable, efficient, and effective REDD+ benefits. STRUCTURE OF THE TOOL PART I. INSTITUTIONAL MAPPING Part I is designed to assist the researcher to map REDD+ benefit sharing institutions, in order to build an understanding…Read More

Angola: Land Rights Formalization in Rural and Peri-Urban Settings: Draft Operations Manual

This manual sets out guidelines for the formalization of land rights in rural and peri-urban settings in Angola. The Draft Operations Manual: Land Rights Formalization in Rural and Peri-urban Settings is a comprehensive document that includes considerations for the selection of communities for formalization projects, guidelines for project management and implementation, a program for sensitization…Read More