Weak land governance and insecure land rights are still major development challenges for Africa. The African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) has been mandated to spearhead the implementation of the African Union’s Agenda on Land which aims at improving land policy in a regional context.

Although a growing number of countries show the political will to realize these initiatives, their implementation at the country level remains at an early stage. Many countries lack the human and institutional capacity required to implement sustainable land policies. One of the main reasons for this lack is the insufficient quality of academic programmes at African universities and institutions of higher learning.



To strengthen human and institutional capacities for the implementation of the AU agenda on land, ALPC has established a Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) in cooperation with Germany and other partners.

NELGA is a partnership of leading African universities and research institutions with proven leadership in education, training and research on land governance. Currently, NELGA has more than 70 partner institutions across Africa.

Objectives of NELGA

  1. Enhancing training opportunities and curricula on land governance in Africa;
  2. Promoting demand driven research on land policy issues;
  3. Connecting scholars and researchers across Africa through academic networks;
  4. Creating data and information for monitoring and evaluation of land policy reforms.

Key functions of NELGA


Improve land-related curricula in graduate and  post-graduate training courses in quantity and quality.


Provide and facilitate academic education and training for African land professional and practitioners.


Define an agenda for research and conduct applied research on land related issues pertinent to the AU agenda on land.


Develop a repository for data, indicators and information, in close cooperation with the ALPC, the RECs and governments.


Promote knowledge management, dissemination and networking in support of land policy and governance in Africa by enhancing the community of practice for land policy experts.


Develop a repository for data, indicators and information, in close cooperation with the ALPC, the RECs and governments.



The African Land Policy Centre (ALPC), formerly called the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The programme is governed by a Steering Committee that meets periodically, while a joint secretariat implements day to day activities. The secretariat is assisted by an African Task-force on Land.

The ALPC has been leading the implementation of the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges which is anchored on the Framework and Guidelines on land policy in Africa (F&G) towards the continental aspirations that ‘equitable access to land, secure land tenure rights, gender equity, improved governance in the land sector and reduction of land-related conflicts’, are fundamental aspirations of the
African people, as together, they pave the way to secure livelihoods and prosperity.

After having developed the F&G, and received the mandate from the African Union (AU) to use it in support of national and regional land policy processes, the ALPC is now moving towards assisting AU Member States in developing or reviewing their land policies as well as in implementing and evaluating these policies through:

  • Establishing the appropriate institutional mechanisms for implementation through the
    LPI Secretariat and now the ALPC
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Land Governance in Africa (MELA) at country level
  • Integrating land issues in National Agricultural Investment Plans
  • Championing the AU commitment on 30 percent campaign for documented land
    rights for African women.

and with the establishment of the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) to support AU Member states in building knowledge, data, human and institutional capacities required to develop, implement and monitor effective land policies.

Building on this momentum, the ALPC, the Government of Germany (through BMZ and GIZ), and partners seek to strengthen capacities for land governance in African countries in line with broader strategies for development, peace and security, and environmental sustainability.



The portfolio of the German Cooperation programmes with the African Union (AU) is headquartered in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) as lead commissioning parties, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) implements various projects and programmes together with the AU, focusing on agriculture, education, peace and security, regional economic integration and good governance.

The African Land Policy Centre (ALPC), the German government (through BMZ and GIZ), and the World Bank have jointly agreed to strengthen human and institutional capacities for implementing a sustainable and development-oriented land policy under the program “Strengthening Advisory Capacities for Land Governance in Africa (SLGA)”.

The programme is funded by BMZ as part of the special initiative “ONE World – No Hunger” (SEWOH) and it contributes directly to achieving the objectives of the action area of “promoting responsible land use and improving access to land”. The SLGA thereby also contributes to improved global food security. The core activity of the programme is the implementation and orchestration of the “Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa” (NELGA).