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Capacity Building in Land Administration in Guatemala – Phase 2

Strengthening Human Resources Development Capacity in Land Administration in Guatemala

Project location Guatemala
Starting date 01 March 2011
Completion date 28 February 2015
Client Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs / NUFFIC / NICHE
Partners University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC),
Kadaster International
Project leader Javier Morales
Project officer Sabine Maresch
Project type Institutional strengthening and capacity building
Budget Euro 2,046,500 (Contribution NICHE Euro 1,500,000)


Land administration in Guatemala is still very dynamic, especially in terms of policy formulation and institutional participation. New laws and regulations are continuously being drafted and redrafted as the understanding of land administration evolves in the country. This has consequences for the need for land administration experts, especially at decentralized, community level. In turn, it has also implications for the institutions that develop the required human resources.

In the period 2004 – 2007 and in 2009, ITC with partners, assisted in the design and implementation of a 3-year technical study programme in land administration by the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of San Carlos (FAUSAC) and the three regional university centres CUNOC in Quetzaltenango, CUNORI in Chiquimula and CUDEP in Petén. This included the design of a course curriculum for the study programme, staff development and improvement of facilities. The intention to develop the study programme into a 5-year engineering course could not be achieved due to lack of resources.

With the current decentralization policies of the Guatemalan government, giving more responsibility to the municipalities, including those related to land administration and registration, the need for well-trained land administration staff at the decentralized level has become even more important. Support to the regional university centres CUNOC, CUDEP and CUNORI in further developing and strengthening their knowledge, their research and course programmes in land administration is therefore crucial. Moreover the opportunities for and the position of women in the field of land administration is as yet limited and requires specific attention.

The Project

The Project aims at strengthening the capacity of higher education organizations and government institutions (at local and national level) in the land administration sector to fulfil/meet societal needs.

The Project’s immediate objective is to strengthen the institutional capacity in Land Administration by developing human resources, strengthening research and strengthening equipment and training facilities at the three regional centres CUNOC, CUDEP and CUNORI.

The project will result in

  1. Creation of well trained and specialized teaching staff in and Administration
  2. Creation of well-trained and specialized researchers
  3. Sufficient and up-to-date training and research facilities and equipment
  4. Improved Services of the regional centres for local organization and municipalities
  5. Improved gender awareness of Land Administration staff and students and general public, and improved gender balance in Land administration student population.

To achieve the results listed above, the following activities are foreseen:

Result 1 – Well-trained and specialized teaching staff:

  • Organization of short technical courses for fifty (50) teachers
  • Fellowships for six (6) MSc and three (3) PhD candidates.

Result 2 - Well-trained and specialized researchers:

  • Organization of research training for twenty one (21) teachers
  • Provision of support the development of one hundred (100) research projects by last year land administration students.


Participants of the project’s kick-off workshop.
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