Part B Discussion Prompt #3

Systems – Formal Land Administration and Community-Led Approaches


In this activity participants will be able to openly discuss the concepts and categories of formal and community land administration approaches. Participants will be able to use their individual knowledge and associate theoretical concepts with real life examples.


10 minutes for group activity and 20 minutes for general presentation.


This activity requires a flip chart.


1. In order to conduct this activity, the participants should be divided into two large groups. Ensure that the groups are equally represented, gender-balanced, and composed with participants of different sectors and/or locations

2. Assign each group a category to represent: Formal Land Administration and Community Land Administration. Note that the allocation of participants to the groups can be voluntarily or assigned systematically.

3. Start the discussion by providing an explanation of what is expected from the groups:

a. Describe the various components of a land administration system (laws and regulations, process of surveying and mapping land, roles and responsibilities, etc)
b. Decision making process (hierarchy of decisions and consultation process)
c. Jurisdictional mandate (where does the state power end and where the customary system begin)

4. Each group will discuss these points in relation to their group’s category of land administration.

5. Write the responses on a flip chart.

6. For the general discussion, each group should provide arguments supporting the views on the type of land administration discussed.

7. Give each group 10 minutes to present their findings.

8. At the end, the facilitator summarizes the overall view of both types of land administration and explains how they work in practice.