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NELGA Continental Research Conference

19 November, 2018 - 23 November, 2018

NELGA Continental Research Conference


“Land Governance as a Driver for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development”

From the 19th to the 23rd November 2018,

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



What is the event about? 


Land plays a pivotal role in the political and socio-economic development of African countries and has hence become a key object of multidisciplinary research and discussion in Africa. The African Land Policy Center (ALPC), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the World Bank are working together to strengthen advisory capacities for land governance on the continent under the program “Strengthening Advisory Capacities for Land Governance in Africa” (SLGA), financed by the Government of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). SLGA works towards supporting the implementation of the AU Agenda on land, and its main objective is to strengthen the human and institutional capacities required to realize sustainable land policies that pay attention to the rights of marginalized groups such as small-scale farmers, pastoralists and women across Africa.


One of the main areas of action for SLGA is the establishment and coordination of the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) under the leadership of the ALPC. NELGA is a partnership of more than 50 African universities and research institutions with proven leadership and track record in education, training and research on land governance. Its primary purpose is to enhance the role of African universities and research institutions in supporting land policy development, implementation and monitoring.


The NELGA Continental Research Conference will bring together SLGA-supported research initiatives, NELGA network members and policy makers to facilitate sharing of research outputs and findings, gather experiences working with policy agenda development and explore pathways towards better coordination. In addition, research workshops and trainings on research methodology and/or impact evaluation will be offered as side-events by ADLAND and the World Bank.



Event Program 


The five (5) day event will include:


19th of November: A one (1) day training session on Research Methodology to be conducted by the World Bank, exploring the use of new data sources and methodologies, elaborating innovative impact evaluation approaches and combining datasets to assess land tenure security training in scientific research. The World Bank will also present latest country level research activities.


20th & 21st November: A two (2) day research paper presentation and discussion event. The SLGA will lead the sessions on NELGA scholars’ research papers presentations, with a specific focus on strengthening research-policy linkages. The research papers that will be presented have been scrutinized and carefully selected by the African Journal of Geospatial and Land Governance Journal Editorial Board and fall within the theme of “land as a driver for sustainable socio-economic development “.


22nd & 23rd November: A two (2) day Research Development Workshop conducted by ADLAND, focusing on strengthening demand-driven research on land for policy advice in Africa under the theme: “Strengthening policy-research linkages on land governance in Africa “.


19 November, 2018
23 November, 2018


Capital Hotel Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia