Following an external evaluation of the ILC in 2006 and meetings of the ILC General Assembly, Entebbe, Uganda, April 2007, and the Africa Platform, Nairobi, Kenya, October 2007; a decision was made to decentralise ILC, the first step of which was generally described as regionalisation.
The ILC Strategic Framework 2007 to 2011 proposed regionalisation of the ILC and “made clear the need for members and partners at the regional level to lead the decision-making processes, to define and achieve objectives specific to the regions.”
The primary rationale behind this decision was stated as: “to put a pro-poor land agenda into practice in Africa.” Other rationales included: to increase ILC membership, particularly among NGOs and CSOs at the country level; to increase member engagement in the governance and management of ILC and to increase the generation of funding from non-IFAD sources.
The first organisation selected within the Africa Platform Members to host the African Node was Kenya Land Alliance from the Africa Platform Meeting in Nairobi up to 2011. From there, the hosting agreement for Africa Node was transferred to Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development (RISD) up to the end of 2013. This was a learning process which leads to the establishment of the current Regional Coordination Unit hosted by the ELCI in Kenya.