Cadastral Surveys

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2009, Somalia
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
11/2008
Completion Date:
10/2008
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000
This project clearly demonstrates that it is possible to address real issues of tenure security through a basic land certification and titling exercise at relatively little cost. A major part of its success is having a clear understanding of the dynamics of Somaliland society and designing a program that produces results that are acceptable to the population. The field survey, certification, and titling program has lead to nearly complete elimination of land disputes in rural agricultural communities where project activities have taken place. From a development stand point this is a critical first step to the maintenance of social stability and the development of a viable economy. From this stand point alone the project to date has been a resounding success. However, the experience of this project also clearly demonstrates the need to look further ahead than simply addressing an immediate need and these immediate objectives. Sound land administration and management requires a clear policy vision and the institutional structures and resources to support and implement it. There is a great concern that the success of the project will be compromised by the institutional incapacity to maintain the records being created. Critical investments must be made in capacity building, institutionalization of land administrative structures and procedures, and public information campaigns on the necessity of maintaining these records. Finally, the government needs to make the necessary effort to develop a long term strategy of how it wants its land management and administration institutional structures to evolve. This entails a critical look at objectives and opportunities for land management and administration with a clear understanding of the benefits to be derived from a sound system being in place. Such sound management and administration will support government development programs, will be a source of revenue for government, but will also ensure the long term sus

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Title Cadastral Surveys
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2009, Somalia
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2008
Planned End Date: 11/2008
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Team Leader
Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: SOMALIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 The recommendation is that critical investments must be made in capacity building, institutionalization of land administrative structures and procedures, and public information campaigns on the necessity of record maintenance. The project management has taken these recommendations and will work towards implementing feasible recommendations within the project mandate and in line with the Country Office Program.
1. Recommendation: The recommendation is that critical investments must be made in capacity building, institutionalization of land administrative structures and procedures, and public information campaigns on the necessity of record maintenance. The project management has taken these recommendations and will work towards implementing feasible recommendations within the project mandate and in line with the Country Office Program.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/12/10]

The Cadastral Surveys Project has been running since 2001 with support from UNDP Somalia. The project falls under the Governance Program and aims to contribute to the reduction of conflicts and disputes among farming communities by providing secure land tenure arrangements for non-demarcated farmlands, creating legal farm boundaries and establishing law and order among communities. Secure freehold title deeds would then allow farmers to acquire collateral to raise loans for other livelihoods ventures. In October 2008, a review of the project was undertaken in order to assess the impact of the project and the extent to which it has contributed to the reduction of land and farm related conflicts; and also to provide recommendations on the way forward for the project. The evaluation report indicated that the project has demonstrated that it is indeed possible to address real issues of tenure security through basic land certification and a simple and inexpensive titling exercise. The project has been successful due to the understanding of Somaliland society as well as the project design that produces results that are acceptable to the population. The experience of the project has also demonstrated the need to look beyond merely addressing immediate needs and objectives; but towards land administration and management with a clear policy vision and the institutional structures and resources to support and implement; an effort that needs buy-in and commitment from the Somaliland government. The report highlighted a concern ? that the success of the project would be compromised by the lack of institutional capacity to maintain the records that have been created. The recommendation is that critical investments must be made in capacity building, institutionalization of land administrative structures and procedures, and public information campaigns on the necessity of record maintenance. The project management has taken these recommendations and will work towards implementing feasible recommendations within the project mandate and in line with the Country Office Program. Alvaro Rodriguez Country Director UNDP Somalia

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