NELGA facilitates the conduction of various applied research works and contributes to the publication of key knowledge products. An example is the conduction by NELGA members – in partnership with the World Bank, of Land Governance Assessments (under the LGAF framework) in 11 countries. It has contributed to a comprehensive diagnostic of the Legal and institutional framework and shed light on aspects of Land use planning, management and taxation, public land management, Public provision of land information and Dispute resolution/conflict management in these countries. A similar exercise has been conducted across Southern Africa, in the context of a so-called regional scoping study – titled “Land Governance in Southern Africa”.  NELGA members in each countries of the region have conducted an in-depth assessment of the land sector, focusing on the legal framework of land tenure, the existing dispute resolution mechanisms, valuation and taxation etc. It has helped the identification of key bottlenecks surrounding the land governance question across Southern Africa. Another flagship initiative, under the framework of the AUDA-NEPAD Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), was the support by NELGA members to the review of National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIP) of eight African Union member states through studies that addressed ways to better integrate land governance aspects in the national investment strategies.  

call to action: Overview of NELGA research (link to research section of e-library) 

NELGA has created the African Journal on Land Policy & Geospatial Sciences (AJLP & GS), a journal specialized in publishing research activities carried out in the field of geospatial sciences and land governance. It aims to encourage innovation, promote the exchange of knowledge and scientific outcomes related to its themes. The journal’s target community is made-up of researchers, professors and professionals working in the newspaper field. The journal also aims to promote scientific articles and productions at the African, regional and global levels.

NELGA also encourages its member universities to undertake a more applied approach to research. For instance, by fostering a dialogue with policy makers, ministries, CSOs, implementing agencies, etc., NELGA member universities can define their research agenda on a demand-driven and participatory basis. Mechanisms are also in place to further encourage the younger researchers of NELGA to become actors of applied knowledge creation, notably through the NELGA research fellowship mechanism.