The Tenure Facility (RRI-ILFTF) 2014-2018 - The Tenure Facility (RRI) 2014-2018

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

Increased security of tenure for Indigenous Peoples and local communities in rural, forest, and dryland areas in order to contribute to climate and human rights goals, local and nationaleconomic development, forest governance, food security, and biodiversity conservation.


2016 - During 2016, pilot projects were finalised in two countries and progressing in the other four of the six pilot countries. In the first two countries, additional funding was provided to proceed with the first interventions. Methods were tested and results were achieved in several areas related to recognition of land rights of indigenous peoples and local communities: for example, regarding establishment of district bylaws in Indonesia, common protocols for community mapping and community self-identification in Cameroon and Liberia, titling in Panama and Peru, and conflict resolution mechanisms in Mali. Capacity building of local organisations and new collaborations between government and CSO (and enterprises in the Cameroon case) were other important achievements. Experiences and insights from the pilot projects were discussed and analysed between TF secretariat and pilot project leaders and informed the revision of Theory of Change and the monitoring and learning system. During 2016, preparations continued for the eventual establishment of an independent Tenure Facility: the interim board was complemented into a permanent board, operational guidelines and M&E system were approved, a detailed plan for the transition was established, recruitment of key staff was initiated and the independent foundation was formally established (and registered in Stockholm in February 2017).



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


Bilateral, Unspecified


Forestry development


Activity length
2014 – 2019

Financial information

Paid per year (net value)
2014 USD 1 457 513
2015 USD 2 963 841
2016 USD 4 263 023
2017 USD 3 918 587
Total paid amount (net value)
USD 12 602 964
Total committed amount
USD 15 303 892


DisbursementThe amount placed at the disposal of a recipient country or agency.
Type Description Receiver Org Transaction ID Date Value
Commitment---2014-06-01USD 15 303 892
Disbursement---2014-12-28USD 1 457 513
Disbursement---2015-12-28USD 2 963 841
Disbursement---2016-12-28USD 4 263 023
Disbursement---2017-12-28USD 3 918 587




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)


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