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  • Regional Meeting commits to Integrated Planning and Land Management in support of Land Policy Processes


    More than 40 government delegates representing directorates of physical planning,  and directorates of land administration/management from 17 Eastern and Southern African countries have agreed to explore ways of integrating and enhancing collaboration, coordination and dialogue when implementing land and urban policies. This commitment was made at a workshop held 18-19 November 2016 in Kigali/Rwanda on the margins of the Regional Centre for Mapping for Resources for Development (RCMRD) Governing Council and Ministerial Conference. The workshop on ‘Using the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IG-UTP) to support land policy processes in Eastern and Southern Africa’ was co-convened by the RCMRD, UN-Habitat, Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) and the Land Policy Initiative (LPI).

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    Participants at the workshop on UsingIG-UTP to support land policy processes held in Kigali, Rwanda

    Speaking at the official opening, Dr Emmanuel Nkurunzinza, Director General, Rwanda Natural Resources Authority & Chief Registrar of land titles welcomed participants to the meeting and observed that the meeting presented the participating countries with a rare opportunity for stakeholders in planning and land management to discuss interaction. Dr Nkurunzinza highlighted the crucial role played by land and natural resources in the process of development.

    Professor John Kiema, Director of Technical Services RCMRD highlighted the role of RCMRD in providing resource based mapping services to member countries that would support the realisation of sustainable development. He further reiterated that the meeting provided an excellent platform to share experiences and learn from one another innovative ideas how planners and land administers can collaborate when implementing land policy process.

    Dr. Judy Kariuki from LPI highlighted the important role played by the Land Policy Initiative in supporting African countries improve their land policies and reiterated LPI’s readiness and commitment to work with partners to implement the African Union Declaration on Land.

    Dr. Remy Sietchiping stated that UN-Habitat is the UN agency mandated to support Member States in addressing their urban and human settlements issues at all levels around the world and emphasised the need for UN-Habitat partners to collaborate in order for agency to deliver on its role.

    During the workshop participants were exposed to the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IG-UTP) and the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G) and suite of GLTN tools to support both urban and territorial planning and land policy processes.

    At end of the meeting, the participants issued a communique and road map that commits to the promotion of and integrated planning and good land governance through enhanced consultation, dialogue between authorities and professionals of urban and territorial planning and land management/administration when implementing land and urban policies. 

  • A team of experts in land governance, curricula development and training from universities and institutions of higher learning are currently meeting in Nairobi to develop ‘Guidelines for Development of Curricula on Land Governance in Africa’. The meeting co-organized by UN-Habitat/GLTN and the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) has participants from 11 countries in attendance and is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from 21-27 September, 2016. The guidelines developed will facilitate the development and review of land governance curricula to ensure that university graduates and land professionals in Africa are better skilled to address Africa’s land governance challenges. Expert reviewers will then examine the draft and improve it prior to submitting it to a broader stakeholder group for review.

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    Mr. Oumar Sylla GLTN addresses the writeshop participants at the opening of the meeting to develop ‘Guidelines for Development of Curricula on Land Governance in Africa’. Looking on is Prof. F. W. O. Aduol, Vice Chancellor Technical University of Kenya and Dr. Joan Kagwanja from the LPI

    Speaking at the opening of the write-shop, Mr. Oumar Sylla of Leader, Land and GLTN Unit of UN-Habitat lauded the important partnership and collaboration between the GLTN and the LPI. The partnership has also been acknowledged and lauded in the Mid-Term Review of the GLTN Phase II programme. GLTN has played a pivotal role in facilitating the implementation of the AU Declaration on Land particularly through leading or supporting the implementation of the capacity development component of LPI’s Strategic Plan that aims at addressing pressing land governance challenges in Africa.

    Dr. Joan Kagwanja of the LPI contextualized the journey taken by the LPI since inception in 2006, explaining that a regional assessment carried out had identified universities and other institutions of higher learning as key in the improvement of human resource capacities on the African continent. Dr. Kagwanja acknowledged the support of UN-Habitat/GLTN in organizing the write-shop.

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    Participants at the write shop

    Delivering the keynote address, Prof. F. W. O. Aduol, Vice Chancellor Technical University of Kenya challenged the curriculum drafters to be cognizant of the modern times to ensure that the integration of technology resonates with the students who are predominantly youthful. Professor Aduol pointed that the team should develop curricula flexible enough that will empower graduates to not only be employable by the public sector and NGOs but also enable them to practice in other areas. He lauded the initiative pointing that it had identified the missing links of land governance, land policy and land administration even as he pledged the support from his university.

    The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

     

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    UN-Habitat/GLTN in collaboration the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of theAfrican Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB) will co-organize a drafting and expert review workshop to develop ‘Guidelines for Development of Curricula on Land Governance in Africa’. The workshop scheduled to take place in Nairobi from 21-27 September, 2016 will bring together think tanks and a team of experts in land governance, curricula development and training from universities and institutions of higher learning. Expert reviewers will then examine the draft and improve it prior to submitting it to a broader stakeholder group for review.

    The aim of the resulting guidelines will be to facilitate development and review of land governance curricula to ensure that university graduates and land professionals are better skilled to address Africa’s land governance challenges. Immediate beneficiaries of the guidelines will be members of the Network on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA), which is being established by LPI with support from the German government.

  • The Government of Kenya now has more comprehensive legislation that will guide the country in effectively managing and administering land resources in the country. This was revealed by Hon. Mariamu El Maawy, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning when she presided over the opening of an Expert Review workshop that was evaluating ‘Guidelines for Development of Curricula on Land Governance in Africa’ in Nairobi. In her keynote address, the PS presented three new pieces of legislation: Physical Planning Act, Community Land Act and Land Laws Amendment Act, pointing that they would provide a solid foundation on which to base all other policies being formulated by government such as the National Land Use Policy and the Kenya Spatial Data Infrastructure Policy among others in the pipeline.

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    Dr. Joan Kagwanja of the LPI (second from left) welcomes the chief guest Mariamu El Maawy, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning for Kenya at the opening of the Draft Land Governance Curriculum Guidelines Expert Review workshop. Looking on is Dr. Agnes Mwasumbi from Ardhi University, Tanzania (right) and Ibrahim Mwathane of Land Development and Governance Institute (LGDI

    This two-day Expert Review meeting comes in the wake of a week-long drafting write shop that saw a team of experts in land governance, curricula development and training from universities and institutions of higher learning from 11 countries develop guidelines that will facilitate the development and review of land governance curricula to ensure that university graduates and land professionals in Africa are better skilled to address Africa’s land governance challenges. The guidelines are set to be presented to the African Union for validation before dissemination to universities and other institutions of higher learning throughout Africa.

    Speaking at the same meeting co-organized by UN-Habitat/GLTN and the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), Dr. Joan Kagwanja of the LPI recognized the need for the Universities to develop linkages with the industry in order to ensure that the skills acquired are transferable, relevant and responsive to real life application.

    On the role of universities in land governance, Dr. Agnes Mwasumbi from Ardhi University in Tanzania underscored the need to fill the deficit in land professionals in Africa, professionals who will also be equipped with the right attitudes to address the various challenges. “The current endeavour to prepare guidelines is timely as there have been various complaints across the sector that the existing curricula does not address the contemporary challenges in Africa, given that it has been tailored on Western models without reference to the African context, for example, how to address customary tenure,” said Dr. Mwasumbi.

    The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

     

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