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On the 24-27 of May 2021, UN-Habitat and the Global Land Tool Network conducted a training on the Social Tenure Domani Model (STDM) for mapping and georeferencing the HLP rights of displaced people. STDM is a pro-poor, participatory and affordable land tool for recording people to land relationships along the continuum of land rights, independently from their level of formalization or legality. The tool, developed by the Global Land Tool Network and UN-Habitat, supports pro-poor and fit-for-purpose land administration, particularly in developing countries, countries with very little cadastral coverage, and in post conflict settings.

The training was held in Beirut, Lebanon, and it was attend by 21 people including land and GIS experts, programme managers, researchers, community mobilisers and enumerators from UN-Habitat Regional Office for the Arab States, UN-Habitat Lebanon, UN-Habitat Iraq, GLTN and implementing partners.

The training was tailor made to provide a practical hands-on experience and skills on the customization, deployment and use of STDM for mapping HLP rights of displaced people in their area of origin though a community-based approach. Participants learnt to adapt a data collection questionnaire in STDM, gained a general understanding on how to create data profiles, discussed STDM key architecture – particularly the general structure and linkage between profile entities and tables in the database – and learnt to collect and process data using two key mobile applications: KoBoCollect and QField application.

Conceptual and technical presentations and discussions, and guided technical exercises allowed participants to undertake joint learning through exchange of information, knowledge and expertise in rolling out STDM in selected project sites; identify and discuss challenges in projects implementation; and formulate an action plan for sustained technical follow-up to support the efforts for the documentation, reconstruction and archiving of HLP rights.