The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) believes that
effectively functioning land administration systems are of central
importance to ongoing economic development. These systems provide guarantees
of land tenure which enable economic activity and development. There are
many elements to land administration systems, and many organisations
involved in both the public and private sector. As with any chain, the
system is only as strong as its weakest part.
It is therefore appropriate that FIG, as the leading
Non-Governmental Organisation representing surveyors and land administrators,
has set as its central focus for the 2007–2010 period the task of ‘Building the
Capacity’. This requires capacity assessment and capacity development, both of
which are vital to building sustainable capacity.
This publication is the result of a FIG Task Force on
Institutional and Organisational Development leading to a guide for managers to
build sustainable institutions and organisations.
FIG has committed itself and its members to further progress in
building institutional and organisational capacity to support effective land
administration systems. Such work is particularly about developments at the
organisational level, but this cannot ignore the societal and individual levels.
Progress requires honest self-assessment of organisational and system strengths
and weaknesses. Effective management action must follow, to build on the
strengths and address the weaknesses.
FIG commits itself to support managers and professionals in this
task, working with governments, national bodies and individuals. This guide
provides a tool in this regard.
The document builds on several other FIG Publications, including
the Bathurst Declaration (FIG, 1999); the Nairobi Statement on Spatial
Information for Sustainable Development (FIG, 2002a); Business Matters for
Professionals (FIG, 2002b); the Aguascalientes Statement (FIG, 2005); and
Capacity Assessment in Land Administration (FIG, 2008).
This work would not have been possible without the contribution
of the Task Force members – Santiago Borrero, Richard Wonnacott, Teo Chee Hai,
Spike Boydell and John Parker – as well as many other individuals who have
reviewed, commented on and improved draft outputs, completed questionnaires and
the like. FIG is very grateful to all of them.
FIG Vice President
Task Force Chair
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