High level forum on the Contribution of Multi Stakeholders Platforms to Land Governance in Africa

Event Date: 
Monday, November 13, 2017 -
08:00 to 17:00
The ECA Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The High-Level Forum on Multi-stakeholders Platforms’ Contribution to Land Governance in Africa will bring together key ministries, top land technocrats, CSOs, NGOs INGOs Regional Economic Communities, continental institutions, technical and financial partners  from across the continent to discuss land processes and interact with each other to find common solutions to land issues in Africa.

The Forum will highlight opportunities for multi-stakeholders national platforms and explore how they can work together to and benefit from the continental and regional mechanisms and better engage development actors.

Discussions will feature the National Engagement Strategies (NES), processes that have been influencing policies and connecting with land actors at national levels.

Land policy issues are key to sustainable economic and social growth in Africa. Families depend greatly on land for their livelihoods. However, not every community that lives on and from land have complete ownership of the lands families live and work on. The risk of dispossession is huge and even greater if the community or family is poor.

In 2016-17, unprivileged communities across Africa lost 10 million hectares of land to large-scale investors, governments, and oligarchs. Customary land laws and corrupt practices denied vulnerable groups, especially women and youth land rights.

 In recent years, several strategies and processes have targeted strengthening land governance in the region. Amongst which, the National Engagement Strategies (NES). Introduced by ILC in 2014, NES has been playing a key role in influencing policies that shape the lives of the women and the youth, greatly in need of land rights. Proposals on land governance designed by national engagement strategies have informed and shaped national policies across Africa.

In countries and contexts where NES processes have launched, examples of how the approach has contributed to creating enabling environments for both policy and legal framework reform, and implementation are many.

In the last 5 years, the International Land Coalition - ILC has invested in building and strengthening existing land governance multi-stakeholder platforms.  To develop and implement NES, ILC relays on these platforms. Now present in over 20 countries globally, ILC’s work with NES includes:

  • Connecting civil society actors among themselves and with national and local governments;
  • Informing and mobilising key stakeholders;
  • promoting global and continental frameworks (VGGTs and F&G);
  • Supporting and strengthening the capacities of key actors at all levels and by equipping them with relevant knowledge and tools.

While the role of such dynamics and mechanisms at the national level is clear, stakeholders stand to benefit from enhanced understanding of the role that continental and regional institutions play in this regard.