Qualifier Seminar by Ms Marie Christine Simbizi, Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management
A framework to measure changes on the total land tenure security through an intervention
This study intends to investigate on how to measure changes on the total security received by a subsistence farmer through an intervention. For the purpose of this study, land tenure security and related intervention are understood in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa. Total security refers to the nature of land tenure security as a multi-aspects concept; the same aspects constitute the total security of a farmer. However, this is rarely considered while evaluating land tenure security improvement interventions. The failure to address land tenure security as a whole, explains difficulties to know the real contribution of those intervention. Yet Sub-Saharan governments are spending huge money on the same interventions.
The study set the scene by addressing the issue of land tenure security conceptualisation. It builds on holistic approach that establishes the supremacy of a whole on parts. Thus the concept will be established as a whole with three major aspects: social, legal and perceptions. The three aspects constitute indeed the total security to be enjoyed by a subsistence farmer. From this integrated conceptualisation, measurable indicators will be derived. At the end the study proposes the development of a multi-aspects framework that allows to simultaneously measure how three aspects of land tenure security are affected by an intervention. For validation, the framework is expected to be applied to one real-life intervention aiming at improving land tenure security in Sub-Saharan Africa.
To make the above happen, the study will draw on mixed methods approach. Through this approach, evaluation practice and operational steps will be followed. The same evaluation practices and principles will guide the development and validation of the multi-aspects framework. A control design will be used in order to minimise the attribution problem. Within the above design, a single case study with multi-sources of evidences (questionnaire, focus group interviews, observation, documentation and archives, mapping major land use changes) will be applied.
Four major outputs are expected out of this study: (1) holistic view of land tenure security in rural context, (2) land tenure security indicators, (3) a multi-aspects framework to assess effects of land tenure security and (4) changes on land tenure security as result of an intervention.
Key words: land tenure security, intervention, subsistence farmers, Sub-Saharan Africa, multi-aspects framework, evaluation, measuring, holistic, whole.
|Event starts:||Tuesday 18 October 2011 at 11:00|
|Venue:||ITC, room 2-008|
|City where event takes place:||Enschede|
|Country where event takes place:||Netherlands|