News in 2013
Competition on good practices for tenure security in the
Muslim world - Participate!
The Global Land Tool Network has launched a competition on good practices
for tenure security in the Muslim world.
The Competition aims at identifying approaches, initiatives and projects
that successfully increased security of tenure and access to land, housing
and property rights in Muslim communities, with special consideration to the
poor, the women, and the youth. Papers that document experiences that
provided a positive impact on the communities and that could be replicated
and institutionalised are of particular interest, as it is the intention of
the organisers to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
Deadline for Submissions: 15th October 2013
First Prize: US$ 4,000
Second Prize: US$ 2,500
Third Prize: US$ 1,500
INFORMATION, TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. OBJECTIVES OF THE COMPETITION
The Competition on Good Practices to Improve Security of Tenure in the
Muslim World aims at increasing the global knowledge on approaches and
initiatives that have been able to increase security of tenure in Muslim
contexts, with special consideration to the poor, the women, and the youth.
Practical experiences that have provided a positive impact on the
communities and that could be documented, replicated and institutionalised
are of particular interest, as it is the intention of the organisers to
bridge the gap between theory and practice. The Objectives of the
- Documenting good practices and lessons learned on tenure security in
the Muslim world;
- Encouraging knowledge development and capacity development on good
- Identifying innovative context-specific tenure security tools and
approaches to be further developed and tested;
- Identifying land rights champions (individuals or organisations) in
the Muslim world.
2. THEMES OF THE COMPETITION
The overall theme is how specific land projects, practices and approaches
used in Muslim contexts (including Muslim communities in non-Muslim majority
countries) have proven effective in providing security of tenure to the
poor, the women and the youth. The linkages with the satisfaction of shelter
and livelihood needs as well as the realisation of human rights, poverty
reduction, economic prosperity and sustainable development in Muslim
Communities are aspects clearly liked with this topic. The objective of the
competition is to highlight good practices as well as lessons learned, so
case studies documenting partially successful practices will also be
considered. Some of the key following thematic categories are of particular
interest of GLTN:
- sustainable urbanisation and efficient use of urban, peri-urban and
- enhancing the housing, land and property rights of women, children,
youth, elder persons, minorities, displaced population, etc;
- Approaches to increase security of tenure for disadvantaged groups
(e.g. through waqf, collective or group rights, Islamic land tenures,
- Practices that deal with land fragmentation and improve the
productivity of land (urban and rural);
- Approaches supporting good land governance;
- Documentation of land readjustment experiences;
- Practices conciliating Islamic land law, custom, and statutory
provisions (within legal pluralism);
- Islamic finance for land development;
The competition is open to all individuals and organisations interested
in contributing. People of all nationalities, backgrounds, gender, faith and
age groups are encouraged to participate. There is no formal education
qualification or affiliation required to enter the competition, as the only
condition is abiding by the rules of the competition, including granting
UN-Habitat / GLTN the intellectual property of the papers submitted.
Submissions can be done individually or by teams of individuals. Where
relevant, the organisational or institutional affiliation will be
acknowledged, but the competition recognises individual work. It is the
responsibility of participants to credit all of their partners in the case
they submit. All named authors are considered as equal contributors, and
equally entitled to the rewards of the competition, regardless of the
seniority of the team members.
4. FORMAT FOR THE SUBMISSIONS
Submissions should be done using the specified format as shown in Annex 1
below. Some fields must be filled, while others are not compulsory. The word
limit is between 4,000 and 10,000 words; submissions falling out of this
word range will be disqualified. Submissions can be made in English, Arabic
and French. Participants are encouraged - if possible - to submit a complete
English translation for French or Arabic submissions, otherwise the case
studies will be translated into English by the organizers of the
5. CONDUCTING THE COMPETITION
GLTN has over 50 partners from among leading international organisations,
institutions and networks representing different stakeholders. The
competition is a joint project of GLTN partners UN-Habitat, the
International Islamic University of Malaysia, and the University of East
London. These partners will receive and record the submissions, facilitate
the appointment of a 9-member Jury, shortlist the submissions, communicate
with participants / enquiries, inform the awardees and organise the award
ceremony and the publication of the best submissions. The jury will be
inclusive and comprise of experts representative by gender, region and other
Three prizes of US$4,000, US$2,500 and US$1,500 will be awarded for the
three most impactful, innovative and scalable tenure security initiatives
that made a difference in the lives of the poor, the women and the youth in
Muslim contexts. The Jury will decide on how the categories for the three
prizes will be selected among the several thematic areas. Certificates of
Merit will also be awarded to Prize winners and those shortlisted. Further,
prize winners and some of the shortlisted could be invited to present their
papers at GLTN conferences and publish their papers in UN literature.
7. TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Every participant will be required to sign the front sheet indicating
that they agree with the rules and conditions of the competition, which are
- There will be no fees charged for submission or at any stage in the
- Failure to comply with any rules, terms and conditions of the
competition may result in the participant's disqualification and/or the
forfeit of the prize; the prize will be awarded to another winner.
- UN-Habitat holds the intellectual property rights for all materials
submitted by the participants for the competition. Copyright of the
outputs produced through the competition will be owned by UN-Habitat.
Participants agree that to have their material possibly published by
GLTN in any form, with due acknowledgement.
- Only those entries received within the deadline will be considered.
- UN-Habitat or competition organisers will not be responsible for
submitted material lost in transit.
- All material submitted must be participants' own work.
- Any kind of plagiarism is strictly prohibited and will lead to
disqualification of participants. Duplication of the thoughts or work of
another source must be referenced.
- All participants shall agree to allow their names and photographs to
be used for publicity purposes by GLTN during and after the competition.
- The judges' decision is final and no appeals will be entertained.
- UN-Habitat reserves the right to modify or amend the prizes, rules,
terms and conditions of the competition at any time.
22 July 2013