Les chercheurs de NELGA en Afrique du Sud maîtrisent l’art de la rédaction scientifique

Scientific writing is important in the development of academia and academic institutions. It is a challenge for postgraduate students and lecturers (supervisors) to write scientific papers, especially for publication in high impact scientific journals. Academics and postgraduate students have found it difficult to develop their scientific writing skills to meet the publication requirements of high impact journals. Lecturers who supervise postgraduate candidates face the daunting task of transferring quality scientific writing skills to the students since writing at postgraduate level is complex. Therefore, strengthening the capacity of lecturers to transfer scientific writing skills effectively improves graduation rates and academic publications.

In an attempt to a Scientific Writers’ workshop was held from 25th to Friday 28th October 2022 at Chaminuka Lodge and Nature Reserves in Lusaka, Zambia. The objectives of the workshop are as follows; i) Improve the quality of scientific writing skills. ii) Assist early researchers working on scientific papers to produce publishable papers. iii) Increase research collaboration among NELGA member Universities and iv) Strengthen research supervision and mentorship skills of academic staff supervising postgraduate students.

The Workshop was a collaboration among Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST), Network for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA), University of Zambia, and sponsored by GIZ. The University of Zambia hosted the workshop, facilitated by four consultants: Professor Chigbu (Namibia), Professor Chakwizira (South Africa), Dr Pamela Duran Diaz (Germany), and Dr Chavunduka (Zimbabwe).  The consultants led each of the sessions that focused on a specific aspect of scientific writing. The areas covered included: H-index and Social Impact factors in scientific academic publication; Strategies of scientific writing skills; Comparing different styles of scientific writing; Conducting effective literature review; Writing scientific articles; Publishing articles in high-ranking journals; Strategies of scientific writing skills; Comparing different styles of scientific writing; Tips on PhD Discourse.

Ten (10) PhD students and one (1) Masters Student registered at various universities also presented summaries of their research papers. Supervisors gave feedback to the students and identified areas of improvement. The main outputs of the workshop included the identification of the members of team to spearhead the development of a scientific writer’/supervisors’ manual. Secondly, the submission of abstracts from each of the participants as a contribution as a chapter a book that will be edited and published.

Les parties prenantes du secteur foncier tracent la voie de la transformation des terres au Ghana

Du 6 au 9 décembre, les parties prenantes du secteur foncier au Ghana se réuniront à l’occasion de la 2022 National Land Conference afin d’institutionnaliser un arrangement structuré pour la participation de plusieurs parties prenantes à la transformation du secteur foncier au Ghana.


La conférence a été organisée sous le thème « Leveraging National Land Policy, Legislation and institutional Capacity Towards Sustainable Socio-Economic Development » par le Ministère de la terre et des ressources naturelles et le COLANDEF avec le soutien de la Coopération allemande au développement, NELGA et d’autres partenaires.
La conférence crée une plateforme pour discuter des options politiques et des expériences, présenter de nouvelles recherches et des innovations évolutives, encourager le soutien de haut niveau et l’appropriation des interventions pour aborder la gouvernance foncière, et renforcer et développer les capacités des parties prenantes du secteur foncier. La conférence établira une plateforme multipartite qui suivra la mise en œuvre des recommandations de la conférence, y compris la mise en œuvre de la nouvelle politique foncière nationale du Ghana et fournira un soutien pour améliorer la gouvernance et l’administration foncière dans le pays sur une base durable.