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  • Mathare informal settlement in Nairobi Kenya  UN HABITATMathare informal settlement, Nairobi - Kenya. Photo ©UN-Habitat

    For Africa’s rapidly growing cities to be strategically guided for longer term sustainability, sound and comprehensive land policies that facilitate good land governance, enhance gender equality, promote decentralized land management and grassroots participation in addition to ensuring urban equity, efficiency and sustainability need to be put in place. It is within this context that the Land and GLTN Unit of UN-Habitat and LPI/AU will be hosting an Expert Group Meeting at the Habitat III Africa Regional Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria  on the 23rd February 2016 with the overall objective of strengthening key messaging on Africa’s land agenda within the context of sustainable urbanization. The Habitat III Africa Regional Meeting, will be an opportunity for regional stakeholders to meet, discuss, and identify priorities for sustainable urban development in the coming decades. As with all Habitat III Thematic and Regional Meetings, the declaration resulting from the meeting will be included as an official input and contribution to the Habitat III preparatory process.

    This is through joint action (Land and GLTN Unit of UN-Habitat and LPI/AU) for advocacy for a stronger position on the role of land in the process of sustainable urban development in Africa by articulating, discussing and recommending the direction of development response to sustainable urbanization through the land lens.

    The overall objective of EGM is to strengthen key messaging around Africa’s land agenda within the context of sustainable urbanization. The identification critical issues and priority action areas for advancing Africa’s land agenda within the context of sustainable urbanization; strategies and pathways for strengthening messaging and advocacy on role of land in the process of sustainable urban development in Africa; development of action oriented recommendations for strengthening the land dimension in the new urban agenda are the identified specific objectives of this EGM. 

    During the EGM, about 20 renowned thinkers and leaders in Africa’s urban land management issues will come together with other key land stakeholders representing various institutions and organizations partnering with the Land and GLTN Unit of UN-Habitat and the LPI/AU. In selecting the participants, the criteria of geographical balance will be taken into consideration including involving African Ministries of Urban Development to champion the agenda on land. 

    For more information on the EGM, you can download the Concept Note here. 


  • GLTN underscores the role of land tenure monitoring in the 2030 and 2063 agendas 

    Africa soil week 

    Mr. Solomon Mkumbwa (third from right) on a panel discussing the links between land governance and sustainable land management in Africa. Photo: ©IISD

    The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) participated in the inaugural Africa Soil Seminar held at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) 28-30 November 2016. Co-hosted by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the Agriculture Ministries from Kenya, Ethiopia, Benin and Burkina Faso, the seminar was held in the context ofThe Global Soil Week, a collective process and a knowledge platform for sustainable soil management and responsible land governance worldwide. Making GLTN’s contribution at the seminar, Mr. Solomon Mkumbwa underscored the crucial role that land tenure monitoring plays in both the 2030 United Nation’s Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and the African Union's Agenda 2063. With both agendas emphasizing inclusion by-“leaving no one behind”, the GLTN recognizes the need for inclusive economic growth that in turn requires equitable participation by the poor and marginalized men and women in generating and benefiting from economic growth.

    This effectively requires that governments embark on policy reforms that reduce systematic inequalities regarding human capital development, access to basic infrastructure and services, and access to productive resources such as land, water and forests. A failure to analyse and address the systematic inequalities in land access and tenure, such as gender-based disparities, often renders development investments ineffective. “A weak land administration service creates ambiguous and insecure tenure that in turn breeds conflicts and disputes over the land which scare off investors and adoption of soil and land improvement investments by farmers and other users; which leads to land degradation, low soil fertility and productivity; which results in poverty of farmers and food insecurity at national and household levels,” stated Mr. Mkumbwa.

    In 2012, together with the World Bank and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, GLTN established the Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII) to develop a set of nationally applicable and globally comparable indicators for tracking land governance. A set of 15 land indicators, that go beyond the provisions of land indicators in the SDGs (for which UN-Habitat and World Bank are custodians of indicator 1.4.2) were developed, to monitor important areas of land governance and land use.

    Click here for a Summary of the African Soil Seminar by IISD Reporting Services

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