Tools and Guides

This suite of tools is intended to provide background information and guide USAID staff, United States Government personnel and development practitioners to address land based programming and programming that incorporates elements related to land.

The U. S. Government is a global leader in the land and resource governance sector. Through international agreements, global coordination, and bi-lateral development assistance, the United States supports programs and policies that create more transparent, accountable, accessible, predictable and stable access to land and other resources, enabling more responsible private sector investment and fostering broad-based economic growth. To ensure that these programs meet the highest international standards for responsible and sustainable development, USAID has developed the following tools and guidelines for programming.

Guidelines

Available Tools and Resources

These toolkits can provide useful information for development practitioners related to programming challenges around cross-sector issues, including conflict, gender and natural resource management.

Mangroves: Where Land Meets the Sea

As global climate change continues to threaten coastal communities in the tropics, governments have increasingly focused on the promotion and conservation of mangrove forests for their protective qualities. Mangroves—trees and shrubs that grow in tropical estuaries—are among the world’s most productive ecosystems and have an impressive capacity to sequester and store carbon at high rates…Read More

Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) Learning Platform

USAID has launched the Land Technology Solutions (LTS) project to expand its successful Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) initiative. MAST is a suite of innovative technology tools and inclusive methods that uses mobile devices and a participatory approach to efficiently, transparently, and affordably map and document land and resource rights.

LTP Toolkit: Legal Toolbox

LEGAL TOOLBOX CONTENTS 1.0 POLICY BRIEFS AND REPORTS 1.1: Burma Land Governance Issues Brief 1.2: Freedom to Farm: Agricultural Land Use, Crop Selection, Fallowing, and Recommended Changes to the Farmland Law to Strengthen Land Tenure Security 1.2.B: Burmese version 1.3: Forest Law Tenure Opportunities Analysis and Reference Guide 1.4: Shifting Cultivation Policy Brief 1.5: Donor…Read More

LTP Toolkit: Community Resource Documentation

Participatory mapping is an approach used to document the land resources of rural communities in Myanmar. This toolkit describes procedures and tools that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Myanmar Land Tenure Project (LTP) team developed and tested in 11 village tracts across the country. The project conducted pilot site activities to demonstrate…Read More

MAST Technology

The MAST technology suite consists of a mobile application and a web-based data management platform that be easily tailored to different contexts. The mobile application utilizes geospatial tools to delineate land or resource holdings and captures information about occupants through the use of a series of standardized data entry forms on a smartphone or other…Read 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

Guidelines on Compulsory Displacement and Resettlement in USAID Programming

These Guidelines describe good practices regarding compulsory displacement and resettlement (CDR). This voluntary tool is intended for use by USAID Operating Units and their partners at all stages of the program cycle, whether for implementation of activities or as a good practice guide for project design. Ensuring that CDR, in particular resettlement, avoids, minimizes and…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

Operational Guidelines for Responsible Land-Based Investment

Download the guide (PDF). The Operational Guidelines for Responsible Land-Based Investment are now available as an e-book for tablets and e-readers. USAID is increasingly partnering with the private sector through efforts such as the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (New Alliance). Some of these initiatives, particularly in the agriculture sector, involve land-based investments…Read More