What: Deliverable 7.1: “Governance and capacity development definition” ready

When: 26 April, 2018

Who: KU Leuven

Deliverable 7.1: “Define governance and capacity development in the context of its4land”

Although technical innovations are crucial to overcome current land tenure challenges, these alone are not able to cope with adapting, scaling and sustaining the geospatial its4land tools. To do so, enabling governance and capacity development becomes significant.

Governance is a varied and broad topic of inquiry and can mainly be understood as a process that provides direction and coordination of stakeholders and their actions. Governance strategies cannot be implemented effectively without focusing on capacity development for sustainable improvements. Capacity development mainly focuses on improving and maintaining tangible hard capacity characteristics such as knowledge and skills, and soft capacity characteristics such as attitudes.

For this purpose, the first deliverable report of WP7 entitles ‘Define governance and capacity development in the context of its4land’ tries to formulate operational definitions for governance and capacity development for the context of the using the geospatial tools in East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda). This involved a literature review and feedback from valorisation panels, advisory board, exploitation managers (Hansa Luftbild and Esri Rwanda) and work package leaders through a survey.

From these activities, governance of the its4land tools is defined as “The process of interactively steering the land tenure society to sustain the use of the its4land tools”. Capacity development for the its4land tools is defined as “The development of knowledge, skills and attitudes in individuals and networks of people that are relevant for the sustained use of the its4land tools”.

Available for download: deliverable 7.1: “Governance and capacity development definition”.