Thursday, September 20, 2012

Youth and Land

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools.
At the sixth World Urban Forum, GLTN are keen on addressing the intersection of youth, urbanization and land. One of the key sessions they facilitated during the World Urban Youth Assembly was titled: ‘Equitable access to land – Strengthening youth engagement in providing tenure security for all‘.

Powered by a scoping study, ‘TOWARDS A YOUTH AGENDA FOR THE GLOBAL LAND TOOL NETWORK’, here are some key takeouts:
Despite the increasing visibility of youth in the sustainable development and urbanisation discourse, their role within the land sector is unclear. While property rights and economic opportunities are expanding for youth, land is largely seen as an adult privilege. Part of the resistance to improving youth access to land stems from the construction of ‘youth‘ as a problematic, transitional and ill-defined category. Dominant attitudes expect youth to wait until adulthood before asserting their land rights. Alternatively, youth are expected to access land through adults or compete in the skewed land markets.

The following five questions were posed to youth (during the study):
  • Why or how is land important to youth?
  • Do youth face more obstacles (as compared to adults) in accessing land? If so what are these obstacles?
  • What must be done to strengthen land rights of young people (including young women)?
  • How can youth contribute to developing more effective land tools and strategies?
  • Are you aware of any best practices, where youth have been successful in improving their secure tenure or land rights?
You can find some answers here or you can read the whole study.
If you have a point of view that you would like to share you can comment on their site or follow the Youth and Land discussion at the World Urban Forum on twitter; follow @gltnnews as well as the #youthandland hashtag.

Source: Youth21

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