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LAND-at-scale is a land governance support programme for developing countries. A large part of the world’s population depends on having secure access to land for their incomes. LAND-at-scale aims to contribute to fair and just tenure security, access to land and natural resources for all. This will lead to more sustainable and efficient use of land and natural resources for food, housing and production. It will also reduce conflicts and competing claims over land.

Improved land governance will help reach many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will support food and nutrition security, economic development and peace and stability. The LAND-at-scale programme contributes to more sustainable incomes and social justice. Women’s rights and climate change are also important themes in the programme.


LAND-at-scale’s goal is just and fair land governance. In the long-term, this will contribute to SDGs 1, 2, 5, 11, 15 and 17 and may contribute indirectly to SDGs 8, 9, 10, 13 and 16. In the short-term, the programme focuses on the following outcomes:
  • Improved, fit-for-purpose land administration;
  • Improved land-use management planning, including participatory land consolidation, sound natural resource management and social integration;
  • Improved access to justice for land-related conflicts and conflict resolution. Fewer cases of land conflicts and equal opportunities for men and women;
  • Increased inclusiveness in access to land, land use documentation, land rental and land markets. There is a special focus on women, youth and vulnerable people;
  • Increased knowledge and learning about the effects of innovative approaches and how to scale successful land governance methods that advance structural change;
  • New and improved action-oriented, multi-stakeholder networks. These networks help improve just, inclusive and sustainable land governance.


Dutch Embassies can submit ideas for LAND-at-scale. Ideas should look at the upscaling of successful pilots or innovative pilots with upscaling potential. All ideas should relate to fair, inclusive and sustainable land governance at country, regional or landscape level. They can involve a single intervention or several related interventions needed to achieve the change wanted.

Dutch Embassies must share ideas for LAND-at-scale with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The LAND-at-scale Committee then selects the most promising ideas. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency will look at whether it is possible to turn the ideas into projects. This is done in close collaboration with embassies and local stakeholders. Once the idea has been turned into a project strategy, the organisations carrying out the project will be selected. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency manages the projects.

Supported activities

Activities supported by LAND-at-scale contribute to the result frameworks of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ priority themes. These themes include food & nutrition security, access to justice, private sector development and gender equality. Land governance activities that LAND-at-scale supports include:

  • Making existing and new land-based investments inclusive and sustainable;
  • Scaling and piloting innovative interventions that enhance structural change;
  • Capacity development of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders;
  • Improving the position of women, youth and vulnerable people;
  • Joint learning, knowledge exchange and multi-stakeholder action;
  • Lobby and advocacy.

Criteria for support

The criteria for support are included in the LAND-at-scale programme document. To qualify for support, ideas must:

  • follow the annual LAND-at-scale strategic plan and the strategic plans of the relevant Dutch Embassy;
  • contribute to the LAND-at-scale aims;
  • have local support from the key stakeholders;
  • contribute to and add value to the market; and
  • not be allowed to get support from other programmes from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Supported interventions will be carried out based on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT). LAND-at-scale projects must promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. Projects must also look at the effects of climate change. Support can be provided in various forms. This includes knowledge exchange, contracts, and tailor-made grants. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), producer organisations, knowledge institutes, governments and companies or groups of organisations (consortia) may be selected to carry out the interventions.

Geographic focus

LAND-at-scale is open to all low and middle-income countries, except countries in Europe. Preference will be given to ideas from countries within the focus regions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and countries where LAND-at-scale can build on earlier Dutch supported interventions.


LAND-at-scale has a budget of €32 million and will be open until 2024. The programme welcomes co-financing and cooperation with other demand-driven initiatives that aim to improve just, inclusive and sustainable land governance.

Current activities

Currently, the first LAND-at-scale project plans are being finalised. The first projects will begin at the end of 2020. Activities are being planned in the following countries.
Burkina FasoBurundiChadColombiaEgypt
EthiopiaGhanaMaliMozambiquePalestine Territories
RwandaSomaliaSouth SudanUgandaVietnam


The LAND-at-scale Committee consists of voluntary members. On the Committee are officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who represent different thematic and regional departments. There are also independent international land governance experts on the Committee.

LAND-at-scale Committee members

Frits van der WalInclusive Green Growth Department (IGG), Ministry of Foreign AffairsMaurice PaulussenAfrica Department (DAF), Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Kees de ZeeuwLinkedIn profileNina BodeNorth Africa and Middle East Department (DAM), Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Marco LankhorstLinkedIn profilePuck van EijkWestern Hemisphere Department (DWH), Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Margareta NilssonLinkedIn profileRuth Meinzen-DickLinkedIn profile
Marianne PetersDepartment for Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid (DSH), Ministry of Foreign AffairsRuud van der HelmNorth Africa and Middle East Department (DAM), Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Marleen van RuijvenSustainable Economic Development Department (DDE), Ministry of Foreign AffairsWard AnseeuwLinkedIn profile

Knowledge exchange

Are you a land governance expert, and do you want to read our latest reports and exchange knowledge? Visit the LAND-at-scale page on the Land Portal.

More information

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency carries out he LAND-at-scale programme on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To find out more about the LAND-at-scale programme, take a look at our programme document and Theory of Change.