Land Management and Decentralised Planning (LMDP)


The project aims to:

  • strengthen systematic registration of individual and communal plots of land
  • support improvements to quality investments in land
  • resolve a conflict of interest on land planning and ownership between private investments and traditional ancestral land use


The project provides policy advice on governance in the land sector. It seeks to strengthen the systematic registration of individual and communal plots of land, and encourage the allocation of land titles. While supporting improvements to the quality of investments in land and decentralising development planning, it also supports individual and institutional capacity developments for pro-poor development planning and management.

Further to this, the programme project is assisting its partners in establishing a dialogue between donors, the government and non-governmental organisations, and on developing a land policy and land laws.

By so doing, transparent and participatory development planning takes into account current ownership and usage rights of land through ensuring that local people have legal security and providing them with a more general level of political protection. By ensuring transparency in planning and ownership, it is possible to identify and resolve conflicts of interest between private investments (for example, in the form of land concessions) and traditional ancestral land use rights and subsistence needs at an early stage.

The programme promotes broad-based capacity development at all levels (district, provincial and national) so as to improve the performance of public stakeholders. With this multi-level approach, it encourages the three layers of administration to exchange information and experiences with one another and also with village residents. In this regard, the programme also supports inter-ministerial coordination at all levels.

Special efforts are made to involve civil society stakeholders wherever possible. Furthermore, many potential synergies are being opened up through cooperation with the regional GIZ project, ‘Improving Land Management in the Mekong Region’ (ILM-MR), which in turn has close ties to the ‘Mekong Region Land Governance’ (MRLG) programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).





Oct 2019 - Dec 2021

Commission Agency