Sudan Rural Land and Governance Project

Completed Project
Project Countries: Sudan, South Sudan
Thematic Issues: Economic Growth, Responsible Land Based Investment, Conflict
Project Duration: 2011 to 2014
Approximate Funding: $8,998,131

The Sudan Rural Land and Governance (SRLG) project was a follow-on project to the Sudan Property Rights Program (SPRP), which assisted the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) to develop a draft land policy based on extensive public consultation and research, as well as provided support to build the capacity of the South Sudan Land Commission (SSLC). The Sudan Rural Land and Governance project helped harmonize the land policy with the 2009 Land Act, and supported two selected States and two Counties governments for more effective land administration and planning.

The goal of this project was to define and establish rural land governance institutions and processes so as to promote property rights, encourage sound land use management, mitigate conflict, reduce the potential for rural landowners to be divested of their land, and to encourage broad based participation in future land allocation, management, and investment decisions.


  • Provide ongoing technical assistance at the National level to South Sudan Land Commission to refine the Land Act 2009 and other related legislation as a result of the final policy outcomes,
  • Develop draft implementing regulations at the State-level to stipulate land governance processes and related institutions in rural areas,
  • Pilot these regulations through establishment and operationalization of at least two County Land Authorities (CLAs), and
  • Build capacity of State and County level land authorities through site specific actions to secure land tenure and improve land use planning in each of the two counties to attract local and foreign investments.