This report documents the findings and recommendations of the Joint Review of the Australia and New Zealand funded AUD$20.3 million Mama Graon – Vanuatu Land Program (MGP), commissioned by the Governments of Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand in late 2012. The MGP was designed to support implementation of the Vanuatu Land Sector Framework (VLSF), a strategy document developed in response to the 2006 National Land Summit. Responsibility for the implementation of the VLSF sits with the Vanuatu Land Governance Committee (VLGC) which is chaired by the Director General of Lands. It is supported by the Land Sector Coordination Unit. The Joint Review was asked to focus on the MGP’s relevance, effectiveness and efficiency.
The MGP program design is an amalgam of two designs –from Australia and New Zealand. The goal of the integrated five-year MGP is that all Vanuatu people benefit from the equitable and sustainable development of their land, while securing the heritage of future generations. Its purpose is to improve decision making, make it more transparent, and improve land management procedures and practices, and in doing so minimise the potential for conflict. The component structure is outlined in Section 2.
The Joint Review involved: an initial review of documentation; a first interview phase that focused on stakeholders most directly involved in program delivery; a second interview phase that gathered feedback from the beneficiaries of the program’s activities to date, particularly the Provincial Governments and communities (in Port Vila, Tafea, Sanma, Shefa and Malampa provinces); the conduct of a validation workshop with key partners to gather feedback on the findings of the review; and a workshop to prepare a joint management response to the review. The process was both highly consultative and comprehensive.