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Capacity Building in Land Administration in Guatemala – Phase 1

Design and Implementation of Technical Study Programme in Land Registry

Project location Guatemala
Starting date 01 January 2004
Completion date 30 July 2007
Client Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs / NUFFIC / NICHE
Partners University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)
Kadaster International
DHV Consultants
Project leader Yola Georgiadou
Project officer Sabine Maresch
Project type Institutional strengthening and capacity building
Budget Euro 1,149,171


Poster Technical University degree programme in Land Administration

Land administration in Guatemala is very dynamic, especially in terms of policy and regulation development.  New laws and regulations are continuously being drafted and adapted as the understanding of land administration in Guatemala evolves. This has consequences for the need for experts with the required knowledge of land administration, especially at decentralized, community level. In turn, this also affects the  institutions to develop these required human resources.

Guatemala has a well-functioning (academic) education infrastructure at central and regional level, such as the University of San Carlos, Faculty of Agronomy (FAUSAC) and the three regional university centres CUNOC in Quetzaltenango, CUNORI in Chiquimula and CUDEP in Petén. However, there has been a lack of suitable and up-to-date educational programmes and expertise to develop human resources in land administration.

The Project

The Project aimed at developing educational and research capacity in Land Administration at FAUSAC and its regional centres in Quetzaltenango, Chiquimula and Petén.

The project immediate objectives were:

  1. Development of training capacity in Land Administration at FAUSAC
  2. Development of research and education capacity in Land Administration at FAUSAC
  3. Institutional strengthening of the Land Administration sector in Guatemala

Main results of the project:

  1. A curriculum for a technical university degree program in land administration at FAUSAC
  2. Trained and specialized staff at FAUSAC and its satellite campuses
  3. Fully equipped laboratories
  4. A research program, up and running
  5. National and local land administration staff with skills to plan strategically an in a participatory manner

With the support of Dutch experts, local/regional consultants, international researchers and Guatemalan educators and other experts, educational and research capacity in Land Administration has been developed at FAUSAC (including curriculum design and development, staff development, facilities improvement, research program design and execution).

These activities have been executed in cooperation with, and based upon the requirements from, Guatemalan land administration organizations, organized in a Land Administration Users Group (LAUG, IN Spanish: GUAT).

The new graduates are able to provide support in land administration, taking into account the socio-economic characteristics of the various communities and for the purpose of supporting social peace in the 331 municipalities in the country. LAUG participants now have the skills to plan strategically and in a participatory fashion for the continuous development of human resources.


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