Project implementation in all countries and at the transversal level have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Anecdotal evidence from many countries suggest that the pandemic has had tremendous effect on tenure rights and tenure governance. Project implementers of the in-country projects have reported that government-imposed restrictions with respect to movement of people, travel restrictions and closure of borders, social distancing and gatherings involving large numbers of people in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus, have affected project implementation activities. The active project countries that will participate in the 9th meeting are: Cameroon, Colombia, Ghana (two projects), Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, Sudan and Uganda.
The last session of the meeting will be organized as a webinar on COVID-19 and tenure security. The objective is to increase knowledge on the impact of the pandemic on tenure rights, tenure security and tenure administration/management and to capacitate the project implementation teams with the requisite skills such that in post-COVID-19 era tenure rights will be more secured, and governance improved.
The expected outcomes of the capitalization meeting will include:
• Implementation of country level projects reviewed, focussing on results achieved, success factors, lessons learnt, key challenges and critical issues for future projects;
• Capacity of project staff in using mediation to resolve tenure disputes increased;
• Experiences in project implementation shared and lessons learned;
• Good practices experienced by projects collected and included in communication products;
• Knowledge of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on governance of tenure and mitigation measures to ensure secured tenure increased.
The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on tenure rights is likely to be felt in the medium to long term and not during the pendency of the disaster, even though the possibility of loss of tenure