The Advancing collaborative research in responsible and smart land management in and for Africa project (ADLAND) is an international consortium of 6 universities offering support to NELGA. ADLAND aims at strengthening selected NELGA members through capacity building activities on land-related research and training to help them in effectively addressing land-related capacity gaps across the continent. Led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, it started implementing activities in November 2017, with particular focus on advancing the praxis of responsible land management in African countries.

Through networking of African and European research centers and universities as well as joint implementation of a set of practical collaborative research and development activities, NELGA institutions will be further strengthened in effectively addressing land-related capacity gaps across the continent. The project addresses land policy needs in Africa by advancing the praxis of responsible land management.

The ADLAND consortium:

  • Technical University of Munich (TUM, Germany)
  • Universität der Bundeswehr München (UBM, Germany)
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH, Germany)
  • University of Twente (UT, the Netherlands)
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweden)
  • Swinburne University of Technology (SUT, Australia)



Building on the excellence of NELGA institutions and following a demand-driven approach, the ADLAND consortium conducts joint consultation missions on existing curricula and research capacities to identify potential areas for improvement and useful cooperation measures. NELGA members supported through the ADLAND project have the possibility to focus on specific research and training areas relevant for their respective institutions and regions.

Based on joint decisions with NELGA partners, ADLAND implements diverse measures, among others:

  • Lecturer and scientific staff exchanges
  • Curricula reviews
  • Cooperative research writing studios
  • Scientific conference at regional / continental level
  • Joint publications

Through the collaboration of African and European universities, ADLAND will support the establishment of sustainable communities of practice on land governance at regional, continental and international level.