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USAID Land Tenure and Property Rights

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Rights to land and resources are at the center of our most pressing development issues: poverty reduction, food security, conflict, urbanization, gender equality, climate change, and resilience. Secure Land Tenure and Property Rights (LTPR) create incentives for investment, broad-based economic growth, and good stewardship of natural resources. Insecure property rights and weak land governance systems often provoke conflict and instability, which can trap communities, countries, and entire regions in a cycle of poverty.

Through 12 thematic modules and 3 country case studies, this course examines the issues, theories, evidence, and best practices around land tenure, property rights, and effective international development programming. This course features lectures and case studies from a wide variety of experts in the field – from leading academics to seasoned development practitioners.


  • Module 1: Introduction to Land Tenure and Property Rights (Karol Boudreaux, The Cloudburst Group)
  • Module 2: Land Tenure and Property Rights Concepts and Terms (Karol Boudreaux, The Cloudburst Group)
  • Module 3A: Setting the Context – Tanzania (Yuliya Neyman, USAID)
  • Module 3B: Land Tenure, Investment and Economic Growth (Malcolm Childress, Land Alliance)
  • Module 4: Land Tenure, Food Security and Employment Policy Challenges (Thomas Jayne, Michigan State University)
  • Module 5: Land Tenure, Climate Change and the Environment (Mark Freudenberger, Tetra Tech)
  • Module 6: Land Tenure Focused Monitoring and Evaluation (Mercedes Stickler, USAID)
  • Module 7A: Setting the Context – Colombia (Amy Regas, Tetra Tech)
  • Module 7B: Land Tenure, Gender Equity, and Empowerment (Cheryl Doss, Yale University)
  • Module 8: Land Tenure and Human Rights (Tiernan Mennen, Chemonics)
  • Module 9: Land Tenure in Conflict-Affected Environments (Peter Van der Auweraert, International Organization for Migration)
  • Module 10: Principles and Practices of Land Dispute Resolution and Peace Building (Maureen Lempke, Independent Consultant)
  • Module 11A: Setting the Context – Haiti (Gabriela Vaz Rodriguez, Land Alliance)
  • Module 11B: Land Tenure Issues and the Urban Environment (William Valletta, Independent Consultant)
  • Module 12: Land Tenure, Post-Disaster Management & Disaster Risk Reduction (Cynthia Caron, Clark University)
  • Module 13: Land Tenure Administration Systems and Technology (Grenville Barnes, University of Florida)
  • Module 14: Conclusion (Jolyne Sanjak, Land Alliance)

Taught by

Cynthia Caron and Karol Boudreaux


4.7 rating, based on 11 Class Central reviews

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    l am Muhirwa Bright from Uganda. I have a diploma in land management and valuation and currently pursuing bachelors in land economics kyambogo university, but still am practicing in the same profession tho not yet registered . this is my first time…
  • Anonymous
    I took an earlier version of this course in person, and it was a great introduction to land tenure and how it's connected to many other more mainstream development issues, like food security, gender, and economic growth.
  • I found this course very useful. It helped me to advance my global knowledge on the gender issues related to land tenure and property rights through different case studies that were presented during the course.
    I highly recommend it for all who work in the land rights sector.
  • Anonymous
    Very good course to those involved in Land related works or offices, it has helped me alot in Land administration and conflict resolution field. Thanks alot to the initiators and recommend those who work in Land related offices to undertake it. Very very appreciative
  • Anonymous
    I took this course last year and it was very useful to me. I would recommend it to all who work on land tenure and property rights sector.
  • Anonymous
    I had a rare opportunity to interact with students from diverse academic and regional backgrounds, tapped a lot and became more knowledgeable.
  • Atsede Hailu
    Land Tenure and Property rights In My Counttry is now a days a burning Issue , so I need to learn this course to take right now
  • Jacob Anguzu
    Very good course n lots of mind set change after finishing. All people who work in Land related institution need to enroll for it.
  • From the objective of the course, I'm certain it will be marvelous.
    I look forward to shared knowledge and more information on Land Use.
  • Suraj Lamichhane
    It was a awesome way of learning about the land tenure discourse. It provides an opportunity to interact with international scholors.

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