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.

Tools


Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) Learning Platform 

USAID’s Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) is a collaborative, participatory approach that builds sustainable local capacity to efficiently map resource rights and secure land tenure. The approach is inclusive and promotes participation and leadership of women and other marginalized groups in project activities. It is technology-agnostic; the approach can be combined with many types of mobile tools, including USAID’s open-source MAST application.


Intimate Partner Violence and Land Toolkit 

This Toolkit supports the objectives of the United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally and USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy. It addresses activities and projects that USAID staff may design to strengthen and secure land tenure, property rights and land governance in rural, peri-urban and urban areas.

Guidelines


Guidelines on Compulsory Displacement and Resettlement in USAID Programming

The 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.


Operational Guidelines for Responsible Land-Based Investment

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 in countries where land governance is weak.

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.

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

Field Test of LTPR Impact Assessment Tool: Successes, Challenges and Recomendations

Under the USAID Global Land Tenure II (GLT2) Lesson Learned: Property Rights and Natural Resource Management Task Orders, ARD has developed an impact assessment tool. This tool was crafted to assist USAID missions assess impact of land tenure and property rights (LTPR) interventions and derive important lessons that can inform future programming. Following a USAID…Read More

Strengthening Land Tenure and Property Rights in Angola: A Profile and Planning Tool for Women and Other Disadvantaged Groups in Pilot Areas

This report documents findings from a field assessment on land access of women and Other Disadvantaged Groups (ODGs) that was conducted in August–September of 2007. The field assessment involved interviews with women’s groups, men’s groups, traditional leaders (sobas), local administrators, representatives from the formal court in the pilot sites for the project, as well as…Read More