29 October 2014
Land Matrix is decentralizing and expanding its network with new regional focal points
In view of enhancing the quality of the Land Matrix (LM) database, but also to increase its impact on policy-dialogue, the LM is presently involved in a process of decentralisation and expansion of its networks. As a result of a call for interest launched in February 2014 five regional focal points have been selected and will support the LM on regional level data collection, research, policy advocacy and networking and communication. Our experience in the last two years (see box 1 for some insights from Africa), has shown that the process of decentralisation is essential in order to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment and improve data quality. Nonetheless, quality control and overall coordination is still necessary in order to guarantee consistency and compliance with LM criteria.