Conflict sensitivity in land governance: the Do No Harm framework and other tools for land practitioners, March 2022 – Global

Project overview

Conflict sensitivity in land governance recognizes the evolving understanding of the relationship between land and conflict in complex contexts, including the dynamic impact of climate change. It is a practical resource designed for land and natural resource practitioners, as well as humanitarian, peacebuilding and other sector actors planning and implementing land-related efforts everywhere. where communities experience fragility and conflict. Users will find guidance to better understand conflict dynamics specific to land issues so that activities broaden the conditions for peace and avoid exacerbating underlying social tensions and conflicts. The private sector, multilateral and governmental entities will also benefit as they design conflict-sensitive funding opportunities, support new initiatives or new forms of partnership, adapt to complex and rapidly changing contexts.

Conflict Sensitivity in Land Governance draws on CDA’s 2013 publication Do No Harm in Land Tenure and Property Rights: Designing and Implementing Conflict Sensitive Land Programs. Developed at the request of the Colombian government, the original tool contributed to the conflict-sensitive implementation of the Victims’ Law, which governed the restitution of stolen and abandoned land to internally displaced Colombians and offered reparations after decades of civil conflict. The new resource is a partnership with Tetra Tech, drawing on global operational expertise in land governance and effective stakeholder engagement to address issues and leverage opportunities related to access, use and control of land and other natural resources.

Give your opinion on Sensitivity to conflicts in land governance The authors are currently inviting reviewers to provide substantial input for a final version to be published later in 2021. Please contact lead author Maureen Lempke at [email protected]


  1. Maximizes earth’s potential as a connector for peace and minimizes damage
  2. Integrates the interests, perspectives, needs and values ​​of women and marginalized populations
  3. Applies a human rights and conservation lens to land governance
  4. Recognizes the interplay between land, property rights and other development priorities
  5. Requires respectful, responsible, fair and transparent attitudes, actions and behaviors


  1. How can land governance programs and efforts be delivered in conflict situations in a way that, rather than fueling and exacerbating conflict, helps people disengage from the violence around them and start to develop alternative systems to solve the problems underlying the conflict?
  2. How can we better put our conflict-sensitivity commitments into practice in the context of land governance?
  3. How can we use a better understanding of power dynamics to increase the effectiveness of our land efforts while minimizing the negative effects on existing conflicts?
  4. What are the practical considerations and approaches for using the Do No Harm framework in land governance?

Gregory M. Roy