Persistent tenure insecurity and high levels of informal settlements are found throughout the developing world. Inequalities and discrimination are inherent to conventional land systems, with youth rarely recognized as equal stakeholders. The rights to over 70% of land remain unregistered worldwide, and less than 2% of registered land has been registered under a woman’s name – suggesting that female youth face even greater exclusion from land issues.
The land challenge is central to the broader youth dynamics of migration, employment, livelihoods and belonging. The more than 1.8 billion youth living worldwide represent not only a land challenge, but an untapped potential in moving the tenure security agenda forward. Recognizing this, the Global Land Tool Network partnered with UN-Habitat to develop youth responsive land tools through the Youth-led Action Research on Land program.
The Workshop for the Youth-led Action Research on Land project was carried out with the aim of building on the five existing project plans and strengthening the participating youth organizations capacity for research. Participants were provided training in action research, an overview of existing GLTN land tools and existing research on youth and land, and peer review and dialogue across all projects and country contexts.