The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in collaboration with UN-Habitat/GLTN and partners (University of Twente’s Faculty of Geo-Information Science & Earth Observation - ITC, Dutch Kadaster - the Netherlands Kadaster, Land Registry and Mapping Agency and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO) are jointly conducting a ten (10) day Joint Learning Programme on Innovative Concepts, Tools and Practices in Land Administration at RCMRD premises in Nairobi, Kenya.
The joint learning programme is a part of the partners’ collaborative efforts aimed at further enhancing the capacity of key land actors to develop and implement land policies for secure land rights, reduced poverty, enhanced productivity and promote economic growth in line with the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G). It brings together land officials and technical personnel and experts from a range of relevant disciplines from 12 African countries for information sharing and joint learning on innovative and effective land administration tools and practices. By developing their capacity to identify, demand and advocate for coherent and inclusive land reform processes and policies, the participants will be better able to address issues of corruption and to enhance transparency in their respective countries’ land sector.
Partnership for Innovations and information sharing
In his opening remarks, RCMRD’s Director Technical Services Prof. John Kiema thanked the collaborating partners for providing space for exchange of ideas, learn from each other and propose solutions to various land administration challenges in Africa. He further stated that the partner organizations share a common goal in reforming land systems in Africa, and hence bring to the table extensive experience in providing technical support to land actors. This includes facilitating coordination between and among land institutions and development partners, guiding research and documentation, and producing manuals and training packages on topics identified as relevant to land sector reforms and implementation.
Dr. Monica Lengoiboni, the representative of ITC/University of Twente, while thanking the organizers of the workshop stated that ITC has a strong global network and that she is looking forward to share various key land administration challenges and opportunities from around Africa during workshop.
The representative from Dutch Kadaster, Mr. Co Meijer thanked RCMRD for once again hosting and organizing the training stating that his organization’s mandate is to manage Land Administration services in Netherlands, support countries improve Land Administration and provide technical assistance in the development of Land Administration systems with the overall objective of increasing security of tenure.
While noting that an innovative approach to land administration is needed for sustainable development to be achieved, GLTN’s Danilo Antonio emphasised that for security of tenure to be realised, ‘Fit-for-purpose’ land administration approaches should be embraced. Such approaches should be directly aligned to county specific needs, should be affordable and flexible to accommodate different land tenure types and provide opportunities for increment