The Tenure Facility (RRI-ILFTF) 2014-2017 - The Tenure Facility (RRI) 2014-2017

Activity identifier

Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has applied to Sida for funding of SEK 100,5 million to carry out "International Land and Forest Tenure Facility - leveraging greater public and private commitment and finance to secure land rights in the forest and rural areas of the developing world" during four years 2014-2017. Sida has an on-going agreement on support to the Rights and Resources Initiative’s (RRI’s) framework program 2013-2017. The proposed contribution concerns additional support to RRI for a project that will develop, establish and test an independent, global facility that would contribute to secure land and forest tenure for smallholders (especially women), communities and Indigenous Peoples. The proposed contribution includes support to the establishment of the facility as well as to its operations during the first two years of implementation. Agreement partner for the contribution will be Rights and Resources Group (RRG), which is the secretariat of RRI. Clear and secure land tenure för local communities is an important precondition for several aspects of development, including sustainable use of natural resources, including decreased or avoided deforestation, increased resilience, economic development and enhancement of human rights and democratic societies. Special attention to securing women’s rights is part of the intervention's design. The facility would have two principal lines of action: 1. Provide funding and technical support for selected tenure reform projects proposed by civil society, Indigenous Peoples, governments and investors, in developing countries; and 2. Serve as a neutral platform for convening all kinds of stakeholders to coordinate commitments and develop shared community tenure reform strategies. The priority will be to promote reform that is beneficial for vulnerable groups and those in most need. The facility will not be structured to help to fund actions by private sector investors or companies to resolve tenure security in specific sites where they are active. Sida assesses the proposal to be relevant and innovative and that it therefore deserves further support. Sida has during 2012-2013 supported background studies and consultations for the preparations of the current proposal with SEK 1,5 million and has also contributed with comments on earlier versions. The proposed intervention's total budget is SEK 235,6 million (USD 35,16 million) and full finance is not yet confirmed, but support is expected mainly from Norway. There are positive indications also from other donors.

Expected results

RRI's assessment suggest that achieveing the recognition and strengthening of community land rights at scale implies five lines of mutually supporting interventions:1. Monitor, measure and publicize private company performance in agriculture, forestry, mining and infrastructure oeprations2. Strengthening community and Indigenous Peoples' organisations and enterprises to confront pressures and advance their own models of development3. Engaging the financial sector and companies to develop and adopt instruments and screens to avoid investments in "land grabbing", and provide more incentive to invest in rights-based buisness models.4. Strenghtening the coordination and collaboration among leading actors (NGO, UN-agencies, donors etc) in this agenda5. Leveraging the prestige and moral authority of the international community, and the political power of the longer-term financial interests of the private sector, to scale-up international commitment and support for tenure reforms.The first four approaches are underway, at least at some scale, and being implemented by existing organisations. The facility would further support this kind of interventions. However, according to RRI, this alone will not adequately influence developing country governments, and mobilize the key actors and mobilize the support necessary, even if scaled-up. The fifth approach would be unique for the facility and possibly it's major added value. The vision is that it would provide a globally-recognized and trusted convening space, a neutral actor, that catalyses governmental, community and private sector interests for tenure reform, and mobilizes significant new efforts and financing towards securing local tenure rights to forests and community resources. Scaling-up impact by convening actors that normally don't collaborate and connect global and local influence would be key.



Granting agency
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Implementing organisation
Aid type
Gbl contr for sust economic development 2014-2017


Bilateral, Unspecified


Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Forestry development


Activity length
2014 – 2018

Financial information

Paid per year (net value)
2014 USD 1 457 747
2015 USD 2 965 845
2016 USD 4 330 134
2017 USD 3 974 233
Total paid amount (net value)
USD 12 727 959
Total committed amount
USD 15 306 346


DisbursementThe amount placed at the disposal of a recipient country or agency.
Type Description Receiver Org Transaction ID Date Value
Commitment---2014-06-01USD 15 306 346
Disbursement---2014-12-28USD 1 457 747
Disbursement---2015-12-28USD 2 965 845
Disbursement---2016-12-28USD 4 330 134
Disbursement---2017-12-28USD 3 974 233



Objectives / Purpose of activity

Results, outcomes and outputs

Review of project performance and evaluation

Focus areas (policy markers)

Marker Principal objective Significant objective Not targeted
Gender Equality
Aid to Environment
Participatory Development/Good Governance
Trade Development
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH)


Activity data from IATI