Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) Second Annual Work Plan



The Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) task order (TO) under the Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights II (STARR II) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract provides support to the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Land and Urban Office in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3/LU). ILRG develops and implements targeted interventions in select USAID presence and non-presence countries, providing technical assistance to improve land and resource governance, strengthen property rights, and build resilient livelihoods as the foundation for stability, resilience, and strong economic growth. The TO has four primary objectives that assist in ending extreme poverty:

  • To increase inclusive economic growth, resilience, and food security;
  • To provide a foundation for sustainable natural resource management and biodiversity
  • To promote good governance, conflict mitigation, and disaster mitigation and relief; and,
  • To empower women and other vulnerable populations.

To achieve these objectives, the TO works collaboratively with USAID, communities, civil society, host country governments, academia, and the private sector through four inter-related components:

  • Component 1: Support the development of inclusive land and property rights laws and policies;
  • Component 2: Assist law and policy implementation, including clarifying, documenting,
    registering, and administering rights to land and resources;
  • Component 3: Support the capacity of local institutions to administer and secure equitable land
    and resource governance; and
  • Component 4: Facilitate responsible land-based investment that creates optimized outcomes for
    communities, investors, and the public.

The ILRG contract has two mechanisms for providing support on land and natural resource governance. Under the term portion of the contract, the project implements technical assistance in Mozambique and Zambia. Under the completion portion of the contract, USAID missions, bureaus, and offices can support additional field support scopes of work in locations to be determined. ILRG aims for field activities to inform legal and regulatory objectives and have larger scaling / impact opportunities. In Mozambique, ILRG focuses on clarifying, documenting, registering, and administering rights to land and resources through collaboration on responsible land-based investment while sharing results with government at the district and national levels. In Zambia, ILRG provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources on land policy as well as natural resource management and focuses grants to partners in the field on customary land administration and service delivery and natural resource governance and tenure around protected areas. Activities under the completion portion of the contract include support to USAID Policy on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues, deforestation-free cocoa in Ghana through the creation of a sustainably financed farm rehabilitation and land tenure strengthening model, integration of gender into PepsiCo’s potato supply chain in India, and emerging activities related to community land protection in Liberia, land tenure and property rights (LTPR) assessment in Indonesia (completed in October 2019), and research and analytical support to USAID. Additionally, USAID’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) is supporting activities to be integrated within the Mozambique, Zambia, India, and Ghana portfolios, while launching a new activity in Malawi associated with implementation of the 2016 Customary Land Act.

ILRG was awarded July 27, 2018. The TO has a three-year base period (through July 2021) and two one-year option periods.