Project profile — Cambodian Land Administration Support Program

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Cambodian Land Administration Support Program - Overview
McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. (CA-CRA_ACR-3899514889)
2005-05-02 - 2013-06-28
Country / region • Cambodia (100.00%)
Sector • Agriculture
Agricultural land resources (31130) (50.00%)
• Other Multisector
Rural development (43040) (50.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
Description and results


This project helps to provide property rights for Cambodians through a modern and transparent Land Administration regime. This initiative represents Canada's contribution to the Government of Cambodia's Land Administration Sub-Sector Program and is implemented by the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction. Expanding upon Cambodia's 15-year strategy, the Land Administration, Management and Distribution Program (LAMDP), this project provides technical assistance, training, and program coordination, along with moderate project management and financial management services. The project strengthens the technical and administrative capacity of provincial and district cadastral commissions and improves provincial land registries by extending robust registration and processing systems, thereby increasing the total number of land titles issued in targeted provinces. It contributes to the creation of a framework that ensures land sales are conducted openly and transactions registered regularly, establishes procedures and the human resource base for land valuation, and incorporates environmental sustainability and gender sensitivity into land administration.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of the end of the project (June 2013) include: (1) training and technical assistance was provided to the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction in the areas of land valuation policy, systematic and sporadic land registration, mainstreaming of gender and environmental issues, results-based management, and quality assurance; (2) eight systematic land registration teams in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong, Chhang, Pursat and Kampot provinces were supported, enabling them to distribute 236,000 titles and register a further 19,700 titles as of 2013; (3) the Land Administration Sub-Sector Program issued over two million land titles to Cambodian women and men, substantially improving the documentation of land ownership in the target provinces; and (4) 4,755 complaint cases (84% of the total number of complaints received) were processed by the Cadastral Commission. The project supported 9.4% of the titles registered under systematic land registration. Approximately 62% of all registered land parcels are held jointly by husband and wife, 19% are held by women only, and 8% are owned by men only, improving security of tenure for both women and men. The average cost for issuing a title through systematic land registration is about US$10, three times lower than the original estimate based on international experience. These results have contributed to building a viable broad-based system of land administration and titling in Cambodia and the institutional capacity to manage it.



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Planned Disbursement $0
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Land Administration, Management and Distribution
Land Management and Administration Fund
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Partner website — McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Asia
Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
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