The Dashboard launches in Senegal piloted by IPAR
Land governance is an important part of natural resource management. Senegal has recently adopted a land policy, which opens up prospects for a long-promised, but long-delayed, land reform. One suggestion is that land indicator monitoring facilitates consensus building, thus contributing to the promotion of peace.
The Dashboard is a monitoring tool for people-centred land governance developed by the International Land Coalition (ILC), which will measure land governance at national level through thirty (30) indicators distributed in three levels: the legal framework, the implementation level, and the framework for impact monitoring and evaluation
These 30 indicators are aligned with current monitoring initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the MELA, the Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII), PrinDex (property rights index) etc., and 19 of them intersect with the Voluntary Guidelines. The emphasis on consistency across monitoring initiatives means that the Dashboard is supported by many partners such as IFAD, FAO, the ILC etc.
With this highly simplified tool, land governance monitoring can be organised according to the ILC's ten Commitments. The pilot phase is important, as it enables the testing of the indicators whilst distinguishing between those that already have an operational methodology, those that have a methodology that needs testing and those in need of a methodology.
Senegal was chosen as a pilot country for a number of reasons, including the presence of a vibrant, functional and efficient multi-stakeholder platform, and a stable political system, which allows for the development of a data ecosystem.
Three pilot countries were chosen around the world include: Senegal for Africa, Columbia for Latin America, and Nepal for Asia.
If the one-year pilot phase is successful, the Dashboard will be implemented in about forty countries, and could be extended to every country where ILC supports NES development or consolidation processes.
This represents a challenge for Senegal and IPAR and its partners from the land governance platform, which is co-presided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment on behalf of the government, and by the CNCR on behalf of the civil society (CRAFS). A first meeting to discuss the tool was held in Dakar in March 2018.