5000 staff months of expertise in project management; monitoring and evaluation; technical advice on land administration, institutional support, land use planning, organisational change, legal and policy issues, GIS, gender and database management.
The purpose of the project is to enable the National Land Centre (NLC) to issue registered title to every landholder in Rwanda (7.9 million parcels) through a process of Land Tenure Regularisation (LTR).
HTSPE carried out the “Support to Phase 1 of the Land Reform Process in Rwanda” between 2005 and 2009. Its main output was to develop and test a feasible approach to LTR in Rwanda, leading to the Strategic Road Map for Land Tenure Reform (SRM), which was adopted by Cabinet in March 2008.
The SRM set out the Government’s plans for land management and administration, with LTR as a major component. Most of the necessary legislation has now been enacted and systems and procedures developed. In May 2009, MINIRENA requested donor funding to help the national roll-out of LTR. The current project is a response to that request.
Over the next five years the NLC, under the Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA), will issue registered title to every landholder through a one-off, low-cost community-based process of LTR. This will help in securing land assets and facilitating investment to 90 per cent of households (predominantly poor) that own some farming land. The process is fundamental to unlocking future fair and sustainable economic growth in Rwanda.
HTSPE with its international and local project partners will provide the following:
- Provide the NLC with advice on all aspects of planning and implementing national roll-out of the LTR Programme, in line with the SRM. The advice will be provided by both a core specialist team, based permanently in Rwanda under the direction of the NLC, and ad hoc specialist inputs.
- The support team will work as an integral part of the NLC and act to strengthen existing capacity within the organisation. However, strategic leadership will remain with the NLC and its line Ministry, the Ministry for Natural Resources (MINIRENA)
- Technical advice will cover Land Administration, Institutional Support, Land Use Planning, Organisational Change, Legal and Policy issues, GIS, Gender and Database Management.
- The team will provide organisational and logistical support, generally in accordance with already established systems and procedures, to ensure that the NLC and associated District Land Bureaux have the operational and human capacity to implement the project and thereafter manage all aspects of land management set out in the 2005 Organic Land Law.
- The support team will help the NLC deliver key messages to a range of target audiences. This will involve both a training programme and the implementation of a communications strategy.
- A procurement system will be designed and agreed during the early part of the project and the team will then manage the procurement of services, equipment, transport and consumables.
- Part of DFID’s contribution to the project is funding for an in-depth Monitoring and Evaluation programme managed by the World Bank. As well as providing information for the set of indicators within the DFID logistical framework, the support team will work closely with the Bank to develop ways of collecting data and monitoring the impact of the project.