LAMP: Lighting the way for secure land transactions in Haiti

Land Administration and Management Program

The lack of clarity regarding land tenure in Haiti continues to impede critical urban and rural economic development. Developers of much-needed multi-family developments, for example, as well as commercial enterprises are reluctant to build on land without clear ownership.

In Port-au-Prince, many urban land parcels lack clear title, and approximately 1.5 million rural parcels across Haiti remain undocumented. The Government of Haiti estimates that more than 500,000 housing units will be needed over the next fifteen years to meet growing demand. As such, roadblocks to building must be addressed and resolved.

Under the USAID-funded Land Administration and Management Program or LAMP, Habitat for Humanity in collaboration with the Haiti Property Law Working Group (HPLWG) is working to expand its work to improve Haiti’s land tenure system.

Under the program, the Haiti Property Law Working Group has been working with representatives of agencies and ministries of the Haitian government towards advancing and tackling land tenure issues through the creation and distribution of tools and providing technical assistance and training. This training has included the recruiting and retention of a cadre of trainers and train-the-trainers’ sessions to expand the impact and scope of the awareness and training programs.  The Haiti Property Law Working Group and its Steering Committee are also currently developing policy recommendations for furthering land policy, administration and management reforms.

Based upon its successful recruitment of trainers and train-the-trainer sessions, the Haiti Property Law Working Group is implementing an extensive outreach and training program across the country to help Haitians, NGOs and international investors understand the processes for legally buying and selling land in Haiti and for protecting various property rights including the rights of women

Ultimately, the goal of LAMP is to shine a light on how to engage in clear, well-documented and legal land transactions so that much-needed reconstruction and long-term development can formally take place in Haiti and be supported by these efforts.

USAID

USAID-funded Land Administration and Management Program

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Haiti Property Law Working Group has been working with representatives of agencies and ministries of the Haitian government towards advancing and tackling land tenure issues through the creation and distribution of tools and providing technical assistance and training.

Property Law Trainers

Haiti Property Law Working Group Members

Property Law Training Participants

Property Law Manuals Distributed

Awareness Campaign Participants

Policy Recommendations to the Haitian Government