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LAND-at-scale takes off with 13 promising project ideas

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Published on: 28 October 2019 | Changed on: 29 October 2019

The LAND-at-scale programme has yielded 39 project ideas in its first round. A total of 22 Dutch embassies sent in various ideas for improving land governance in developing countries. The very best ideas have been selected for a feasibility check.

LAND-at-scale is a government programme that can be beneficial to economic development, peace and stability in developing countries. It supports actions that contribute to sustainable livelihoods, social justice, and better food and nutrition security.

Ideas from around the world

Dutch embassies from around the globe have sent in their ideas for projects. After a careful assessment, 13 of the most promising ideas have been selected. These ideas were submitted by embassies based in the following countries:

  • Burundi
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Ghana
  • Iran
  • Mozambique
  • Palestine Territories
  • Rwanda
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, executor of the LAND-at-scale programme, will get in touch with these embassies to develop the ideas into full-fledged projects.

4 embassies with ideas that didn't make it to the first round will get help to rewrite the original plans into something better. The embassies in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia and Mali will be offered specific support by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. This way, their plans can be reconsidered during the next round of LAND-at-scale in the first quarter of 2020.

A thorough selection

In order to select ideas that were both promising and in line with the programme, a special LAND-at-scale committee was appointed. This committee included experts from mainly the government, knowledge institutions and network organisations and covered every aspect of land governance. In order to make a well-informed and fair selection, the experts looked at both strategic and content criteria together.

The first step

Selecting the 13 most promising ideas is only the first step of the LAND-at-scale programme. Next up is a feasibility check for the successful applicants, carried out by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. If the ideas pass this check, they will work together with the embassies and experienced local organisations to develop the ideas into well-rounded projects. Once completed, these projects will enter the development phase in which implementing partners will be selected.

Want to know more about how the programme works? Visit our page about LAND-at-scale.