News in 2015

UN-HABITAT Global Land Tool Network Partners Meeting

 1 – 6 November 2015, Nairobi, Kenya

Opening GLTN meeting

Mr Joan Clos Executive Director UN Habitat Opening Speech (Mr. Oumar Sylla, Head of GLTN, seated on Right)

GLTN Partners Meeting

FIG Vice President Diane Dumashie attended the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) 6th Partners Meeting in Nairobi 3 - 5 November 2015 followed by attending the International Advisory Board to the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) on 6th November, both meetings were held at the UN-HABITAT Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

The 6th Partners meeting focused upon:

  • Strengthening partnership and collaboration within the network, and

  • Increasing the visibility of land and tenure security in the ongoing global development processes.

The GLTN partners meeting was held in the context and at a strategic time in the life of the GLTN Network (, because the implementation of the GLTN Phase 2 project running from 2012-2017 has reached its mid-term with country level engagement, and the all-important Sustainable Development Goals have been agreed, which leads onto global negotiations that are underway in preparation for Habitat III forum to be held in Ecuador in October 2016.  This will articulate and define the New UN Habitat Urban Agenda.  The GLTN long term goal is to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through promoting secure land and property rights for all. 

During GLTN current phase of operations (2012-17) the aim is to render international partner-organisations, such as FIG, and related land programs in countries, in cities and in municipalities, to be in a position to improve tenure security of the urban and rural poor. 

The key-note address on 3rd November was delivered by Marie France Mubenga Kamwanya, Senior Lands Advisor to the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Other speakers included senior representatives from FAO and the AU. In the opening statement Mr Joan Clos, Executive Director UN-HABITAT addressed the global urban agenda and reflected on the outcome documents of the Post 2015 Agenda, including the SDGs that were adopted in September of this year, and recognises the role of land for sustainable development, and further calls for a follow-up and review of the agenda that is “participatory”, “inclusive “and that “respects the integrated and indivisible character of the set of goals”  In response to these challenges the current global deliberations are now focusing on the SDG indictors.  For more details of GLTN meeting see the full opening and closing (

The Partners meeting has grown from a small originating body of partners to 70 partners at the 6th meeting; the biggest ever held.  It provides a unique opportunity to network with other NGO representatives and of course to meet with the GLTN staff and discuss about current future cooperation.  

Diane Dumashie at GLTN Partners meeting 2015

Vice President Diane Dumashie facilitating discussions at morning of Day 3 session (GLTN, Jean DuPlessis in background)

Three days deliberations covered land and tenure security in the global development process, GLTN country and regional level work and importantly a full morning session covering the latest thinking on GLTN land tools that Vice President Diane Dumashie co-facilitated with GLTN Capacity Training and program manager Jean duPlessis.  Administrative matters were discussed including monitoring reviewing and evaluating GLTN as an organisation and the ongoing programs, in addition to elections of the new IAB members and preparation of the 2016-17 cluster work plans.

Mr. Oumar Sylla the newly appointed GLTN head brought the meeting to a close in an address that highlighted his vision for the network and an appeal for support as he takes over the leadership from the outgoing Head, Dr Clarissa Augustinus who was honoured by FIG earlier this year with the award of FIG honorary ambassador, Clarissa Augustinas has led GLTN since its inception in 2006.

The biennial Partners Meeting includes pre-events and side events organised before and after the meeting.  A key event was the GLTN partners visit to Mashimoni settlement, one of the villages in Mathare slum, a populated slum area in Nairobi, Kenya.  The visit aimed to show the real situation of the settlement and share the experience and results of STDM implementation in Mashimoni. The visitors learnt that the area became settled in 1975, and covering 10.2 acres it is densely populated (Source: Pamoja Trust, 2014).  It is significant because Mashimoni is the first area to be piloted for STDM implementation in Kenya. Enumeration exercises in the settlement started in 2011 while mapping exercises were undertaken in 2014 where around 1,362 households were mapped, with further work still ongoing.
The full detail is available at

Mashimona from above

Visitors on guided tour

Visitors convening for the Address

GLTN International Advisory Board (IAB)

Following the Partners meeting Vice President Diane Dumashie also attended the meeting of the GLTN International Advisory Board (IAB) that is established to provide objective advice on issues related to the GLTN policies, operational strategies and projects. The IAB consist of representatives from the various 5 cluster segments of GLTN partners. Importantly, earlier in the week FIG was elected as the lead of the Professional cluster, after reviewing the implementation of the current cluster work plans, a new work plan was considered for the upcoming biennium. The full cluster and partner membership list is available at:

The key issues of the IAB meeting included a detailed review of the overall GLTN activities in 2008 as well as discussions on the future strategies. GLTN has been very successful in achieving their goals and the GLTN partners are very committed in their support.

Workshop on Understanding the Guide for Fit-for-purpose land administration and making it work

Prior to the Partners meeting Vice President Diane Dumashie attended the workshop “Understanding the Guide for Fit-for-purpose land administration and making it work”.

Workshop deliberations underway

GLTN is working with Kadaster International in developing a guide for fit for purpose (FFP) land administration. The FFP land administration guide is primarily designed to allow a range of stakeholders in less developed countries to understand the overall FFP approach and recognise the connected principles in developing a country specific FFP strategy. The lead author Stig Enemark, helped by Robin Mclaren and Chrit Lemmen ably engaged the workshop participants, in a lively debate over a full day’s workshop.  The final report is expected in 2016.

Group photo of Workshop participants             

Finally, from 9th to 11th November Vice President Diane Dumashie chaired the Africa FIG Regional Network (ARN) 2015 meeting, facilitating the 2015 annual workshop assisted by Pamela O from the Africa Young Surveyors Network.  Full details of this workshop are reported on the ARN website  

Dr Diane Dumashie FRICS, Vice President FIG
December 2015