20 Dec 2022
Governance, Policy & Institutional Strengthening
Project Design, Monitoring & Evaluation
Survey, Mapping & Spatial Planning
Posted20 Dec 2022
As we close out 2022, we reflect on the huge milestones met across our business and through the very successful implementation of our major projects in the Mekong and Indonesia in particular. Largely coming out of the Covid-19 haze of the past 3 years huge strides were made by all our teams and partners to gather momentum quickly to bring the Mekong Region Land Governance project and Papua Spatial Planning projects to a successful end.
MRLG Phase 2 will end on the 31st December and seamlessly starting on the 1st January 2023 will be Phase 3. This funding commitment by Switzerland (SDC), Germany (BMZ-GIZ) and Luxemburg allows the alliances to coordinate and plan sustainable actions for the coming 3 years to improve land tenure access for smallholder farmers through policy and practice changes. We look forward to sharing the Phase 2 operational report in the new year, along with the very exciting launch, planning and information sharing 3-day session to be held 28 Feb – 2 March, Luang Prabang with core MRLG partners – exemplary effort by the team for the completion of MRLG Phase 2.
The Papua Spatial Planning program, has been extended for 8 weeks to assist in reporting and embedding the strong results of the project in Indonesia. This will extend the project into the middle of February next year, and the team’s calendar is full. Congratulations to the whole PSP team from LEI and Daemeter, what an extraordinary effort! We look forward to sharing with you all the major achievements of this program in the new year.
We were really pleased with our webinar held in June this year commemorating the 20+1 years of Land Equity providing exceptional international land administration services. We enjoyed a dinner with many of our Australian-based colleagues reliving some of the early projects and the foundations of our business, and we’ve welcomed and adjusted our team throughout the year. As you all know, the webinar focussed on applying political economy thinking to land administration design – the core theme of Tony’s PhD. We look forward to sharing published articles of Tony’s PhD in the new year, really bringing to light the experience and wisdom from an LEI founder and global expert.
Although John Meadows stepped down as a Director and became an LEI Associate, we quickly have him back on the ground Team Leading a short-term consultancy in Lao PDR. This assignment is assisting the World Bank and Department of Lands’ Enhanced Systematic Land Registration project to find digitalisation solutions to improve the land registration process and to build on earlier work supporting the implementation of the Lao ICT strategy and development of a national land information system. Our team, including Neil Pullar, will return to the field in January working hand-in-hand with the Department of Lands and WB to produce achievable pathways through a combination of business process and technological refinements.
And of course, that is not all we’ve achieved, so please read on to see our efforts on PV solar parks in Bangladesh, and feel free to drop us an email to find out more.
Rest well over the festive season and we look forward bringing more success stories on global tenure security and good land governance in 2023.
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