During the 3rd quarter of this year, academics in the East African sub-region gathered in Kampala, Uganda, to exchange country experiences, ideas, and research findings. The 10th Eastern Africa Land Administration Network (EALAN) was held between 23rd to 25 July 2018, under the theme “Promoting Responsible Land Administration in East Africa and the Great Lakes Regions.” The network is devoted to providing a platform for academics and partners engaged in education, research and training pertaining to land administration to exchange ideas, experiences, and knowledge.
2017 was a very successful year for NELGA: the network is now fully established, with lead institutions active in all 5 regions of the African Union and more than 50 partner universities and research institutions in over 30 countries.
In 2017 the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) undertook a “Needs assessment for short course training on land governance in Africa”, with the objective to identify, prioritize and urgently address the continent’s capacity gap in land governance.
Bahir Dar University is the first university in Ethiopia that has a doctorate degree on the topic of land policy and governance on offer. For many years, the university has been a Centre of excellence for the education of professionals in land management and land administration.
From November 12th to 14th 2017, the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) hosted its first scholarship holders’ meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For three days, 35 scholarship holders from eight African countries took part in the event.