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Would you like to learn more about how core issues of land ownership and control relate to the ever-growing wealth gap?

Are you looking for a political-economic analysis and policy approaches that go beyond the old right and the old left?

Are you feeling resistant to paying taxes that are spent in unfair and unsustainable activities?

If so, we invite you to enroll in this FREE online course:

Land Rights and Land Value Capture

Course Topics Include:

  • Several dimensions of the "land problem" and an opportunity for you to contribute examples of land rights issues in your country, city or region.

  • How the land problem relates to the wealth divide, environmental concerns and issues of war and territorial conflict.

  • An important key to understanding land rights economics - The Law of Rent - and how to eliminate "rent seeking" and other forms of social and economic exploitation.

  • All about land value capture and how this public finance policy addresses many development and social justice concerns, particularly the fundamental problem of continuing poverty for some alongside material progress for others.

  • Land value maps, online calculators, GIS and other land value capture tools.

  • How YOU can help build movements to implement land value capture.

TO START: Please fill out and send in the enrollment form here: and begin the course. You may also request to be part of an online group taking the course together.

The course is available in HTML and in PDF format.


Land Value Capture is one of the primary United Nations Habitat Global Land Tool Network (UN GLTN) pro poor land tools. These tools are to facilitate the attainment of the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals through improved land tenure, management and public finance for poverty alleviation. It is crucial that concrete tools related to land and secure tenure be developed and provided community leaders concerned about land issues. This course focuses on the MDG to "improve living conditions for 100 million slum dwellers by 2015".

We hereby invite you to take the current online course (currently in draft format) and seek your feedback and suggestions for its further development.

This is a living course and throughout you will have opportunities to contribute facts, statistics and experiences from your own country, community, family and your own individual life. You will be invited but not required to make your contributions, with your permission only, available for compilation with others from your city, region and country for others to read and learn from.

After you complete the course you will be welcome to join international teams building movements for implementation of this policy. Further skill building in land rights and public finance policy will be available after the completion of the course. It could change your life and enhance the effectiveness of your work for social change and economic justice.

There is no charge to take this course, it is free. Upon enrollment you will be given a course instructor and further details. You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. There will be required reading, recommended reading, and optional activities and projects. If you do enroll in the course, and we hope you will, we need your commitment to complete it which will take approximately eight hours online and sixteen hours of reading and other assignments over an eight week time period beginning immediately upon enrollment.

We know you will gain a valuable perspective from this course - one that will further empower your own work for land rights and economic and social justice. For further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


For further details please contact:

- Co-Director Earth Rights Institute