Evaluating land administration systems: A comparative method with an application to Peru and Honduras

Pablo Bandeira, José María Sumpsi, Cesar Falconi

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This article develops a comparative methodology for the evaluation of national land administration systems. We propose a set of quantitative and qualitative indicators with benchmarks for each one of them that signal possible venues to improve the administration's structure and budgetary/management arrangements, in order to bring about the following goals: (1) to contribute to public sector financing through taxes; (2) to encourage the productive and sustainable use of land, and (3) to facilitate access to land for low-income citizens. This methodology was applied to the cases of Honduras and Peru in order to refine our draft evaluation indicators, while evaluating the systems of both countries. Here we present the final refined indicators and benchmarks, and the conclusions from both case studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-363
Number of pages13
JournalLand Use Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the “Fondo General de Cooperación de España” for funding this research project, and the Interamerican Development Bank for its management. The authors also wish to thank Eduardo Zegarra and Alvaro Espinoza within the Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo (Peru), and Mayra Falck, Beatriz Ordoñez, Ismalia Acosta and Lincoln Villanueva within the Escuela Agricola Panamericana (Honduras) for their assistance in conducting the case studies. Institutional support from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and research assistance from Margarita Vega are appreciated. The views expressed in this article correspond only to those of the authors.


  • Cadastre
  • Evaluation
  • Land administration
  • Performance indicators


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