Rwanda to host 2021 Conference on Land Policy in Africa

October 6, 2021

BUSINESS REPORTER

The 4th edition of the Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA) will be held in a hybrid format, online and physically in Kigali, Rwanda.

The November 2 to 4 event will be held under the theme, Land governance for safeguarding art, culture and heritage towards the Africa We Want.

The CLPA is organised by African Land Policy Centre (ALPC), a joint initiative of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank.

Joan  Kagwanja, Chief of ALPC notes that land in Africa is at the centre of culture and heritage, which provides a framework for a continental discourse towards improving the land governance space and attaining “The Africa We Want” as envisioned in the AU Agenda 2063.

She said ALPC recognises the potential role of arts, culture, and heritage in catalysing the socioeconomic development and integration of the African continent.

“The year of arts, culture and heritage happens at a time when AU Member States are grappling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which imposes heavy human, financial and economic costs to the land governance space in Africa,” Kagwanja said.

The overall objective of the Conference is to deepen commitment and strengthen capacity for land policy development, implementation and monitoring in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information in support of evidence-based land policymaking.

The CLPA conference is expected to improve knowledge in support of evidence-based land policy development, implementation and monitoring in Africa and enhanced and deepened consensus among African policymakers and stakeholders on promising avenues for addressing land governance challenges.

It is also expected to result in improved networking, partnerships and resources for land governance and land policy in Africa, better appreciation of the role of land for safeguarding Africa’s art, culture, and heritage on livelihood particularly for marginalised groups.

Held every two years, the conference draws participants from government, academia, research, traditional authorities and other non-state actors, private sector and development partners to disseminate and exchange knowledge to promoting dialogue, networking, advocacy and partnerships in support of implementation of the AU agenda on land.

ALPC was launched in 2017 as a successor to the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) established in 2006. Key achievements of the LPI include the development of the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa, prepared to provide guidance on the development and implementation of sound national land policies and the Guiding Principles on Large- scale Land based Investments availed to AU member states in support of the negotiation of fairer and more sustainable land investments.

 

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