Secure and equitable access to land is crucial for economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development. Land is a limited resource on which food security and income depends. It is crucial for natural resource regeneration and biodiversity maintenance. Land makes its owners proud and creates a sense of identity and safety. Women and young people become empowered by owning it and this allows them to enter the formal economy. Farmers and entrepreneurs can use it as collateral for raising productivity and diversifying income. Access to land in and around fast growing cities attracts investment and loans by emerging middle class. Revenue from well-utilised land enables local governments to improve basic service delivery. A public administration that handles land issues in a transparent and accountable fashion builds a general trust in government institutions.

More and more development partners realise that they cannot leave unresolved land issues unattended. Any development initiative or investment that is not built on sound land ownership runs the risks of failure. Yet most of the world’s poor still cannot rely on secure titles. Open tenure and management issues are highly politicised and provide an endless source of conflicts between different users, insecurity and environmental degradation. Formal tenure systems coexist with age-old allocation patterns; emerging institutions are hard pressed to deliver the services that increasingly vocal citizens’ demand.

Working for almost 40 years with land sector reform and related issues in an integrated manner, ORGUT understands these complexities. We combine expertise in land administration and management in rural and urban areas with land use planning and natural resource management for sustainable development, improved public services delivery and investment. ORGUT designs, pilots, implements or evaluates entire land sector reform programmes or offers highly specialised technical services for removing critical bottlenecks. We offer practical, sustainable, gender sensitive and rights-based methods for large scale formalising of land and resource ownership. Participation by local stakeholders, and solutions tailor made to the local conditions, guarantee a high degree of local ownership and user-friendliness.

Competent land management and administration as well as land use planning requires local technical and managerial skills, yet many institutions in developing countries struggle with delivering services to the public. In international training programmes, ORGUT teaches the next generation of land administrators. Our experts establish, or strengthen, transparent, efficient and service-minded institutions, if needed. We also help build national training institutions that steadily produce qualified local experts. Land and property issues are often highly political and competition for land is steadily increasing. We do not therefore train technocrats only but reach out with tailor-made interventions to government socio-economic planners and politicians alike.


We offer services in:

  • Land sector and administration reforms
  • Large-scale regularisation, titling and registration processes
  • Strategic land information management systems
  • Institutional and organisational reviews and development
  • Policy and land law analysis and pro-poor development
  • Cadastral registration and archives including design and implementation of databases
  • Business process analysis and strategic planning
  • GIS for land management and administration
  • ICT strategies and software development
  • Data collection systems including mapping and surveying techniques
  • Technical requirements analysis and preparation of technical specifications,
  • Training needs assessments and tailor made training courses
  • Land management in relation to biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Public awareness campaigns and conflict resolution


For more information about ORGUT’s work in land administration, management and sector reform, read ORGUT’s Building Better Livelihoods series: Developing Sustainable Land Administration.