28 September – 2 October 2009 — The Writeshop on Enumeration was organised in Naivasha, Kenya. Writeshops are intensive workshops spanning from 3 days to 2 weeks, with 20 – 40 participants, and engage people with a wide range of expertise and interests, e.g. scientists, NGOs, indigenous specialists, farmers, teachers and others.
‘Enumeration’, simply defined, refers to a numbered list, or the act of counting. It is a term often associated with periodic national census taking, with counting being done in geographic units called ‘enumeration areas’. Census enumerations include the collection of a variety of data, including demographic characteristics (sex, age, marital status, etc.), health, access to services, employment, income, access to housing, etc. Enumerations are often spatially referenced, and linked to surveying, mapping and development planning processes. There are many other forms of enumeration, designed for specific purposes (drawn from scoping study by Jean du Plessis for GLTN).
The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder partnership hence any topic that the Network engages with is done from multiple professional and geographical lenses and disciplines. These include national and local governments in developing and transition countries; land professionals, NGOs and community-based groups, academic, research and advisory services, donors and UN organizations; and the media and through them, the general public in developed and developing countries.
The same is the case for the Writeshop on ‘Enumerations’. One of the key challenges which GLTN undertakes is to communicate effectively with each group, and to bring the range of experiences together and build bridges across these lenses, for example in the work on gender evaluation criteria to assess whether a land tool is sufficiently gender-sensitive. The goal of the Writeshop, and the publication that it will produce, is to build such dialogue and to document different experiences. Rather then striving for a consensus in all areas, GLTN will encourage an exchange of experiences in regard to enumerations.