IGAD dialogue on land governance ends

Addis Ababa, November 11, 2017 (FBC) -The IGAD dialogue on land governance ended in Addis Ababa  with participants urging member States to use the platform to share experiences and challenges related to effective land administration in the region.

Participants from Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and experts the IGAD Secretariat, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Africa Union Commission (AUC) and representatives of donor agencies, agreed member States should look for local solutions to Africa’s land challenges using local experts and exploring synergies with research and training institutions.

In their outcome document that has been endorsed by IGAD member States on Thursday, they said Africa’s socio-economic development is anchored on the land and therefore the resource should be properly managed.

They urged countries in the region to explore approaches to establish national multi-stakeholder platforms that will feed into the regional dialogues; explore the gaining of political commitment to support land issues within the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) for increased financing.

Member States should also identify educational needs of member States that can be addressed within the Strengthening Capacities for Land Governance in Africa (SLGA) and lining them to the Networks of Excellence, they agreed.

IGAD countries were also urged to explore how best to assemble national resources to address land challenges at country level. Participants also agreed that reliance on development partners also needs to be reduced.

The purpose of the dialogue was to create an enabling dialogue environment for member states, regional institutions, development partners, CSOs, private sector and other stakeholders to learn from each other and identify possible areas of collaboration and convergence in taking forward the land policy reform agenda at country and regional level.

According to a statement ECA sent to FBC, the dialogue focused on pathways in land administration in the IGAD region in response to the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa.

Posted by Amare Asrat