NELGA promotes research on land policy and land governance for Africa that is solution oriented, participatory, evidence-based and able to reach policy makers. The research component of NELGA aims at supplying application-oriented findings and feeding these into the political dialogue.
Objectives of NELGA research:
- Supporting and facilitating the research engagement of NELGA partner institutions
- Disseminating the research outputs of the NELGA scholars to be utilized for policy briefs and dialogues
- Organizing stock-taking events on NELGA research to communicate findings between and among academia, research and government institutions
Functions of NELGA research
Generate high-quality research products and translate analytical findings into operational engagement and decision-making processes.
Mainstream land governance issues in land-related education to enhance training opportunities and curricula on land governance.
Strengthen analytical capabilities of existing African research institutions.
Expand data availability on land governance and facilitate access, such as through data repositories.
- Support to NELGA fellows
The fellowship program promotes short term research to be conducted within a six months’ time. It targets MSc students and academic staff who are working in the field of land governance / policy. Topics are identified in consultation with the NELGA nodes to explore the most important issues in the respective regions / countries.
- Dissemination of the proposals and findings of NELGA scholars
There are currently 40 MSc and PhD NELGA scholars across Africa that are preparing and/or doing research on a land related topic. The first promotion of MSc scholarship holders in Eastern and Southern Africa are now in their final year and about to present their results.
The NELGA regional nodes will select the most relevant proposals/findings that will then be used for further policy briefs during in country meetings. These events will enable students and researchers to convey research findings and facilitate communication between and among academia and relevant government institutions.
- Organization of stock-taking events on NELGA research
Scalable research papers will be identified and shared during events organized at a regional level. Such events will become an important platform of knowledge and experience sharing between researchers, government institutions, NELGA members and partners. Adequate knowledge management and communication activities will be implemented to ensure the documentation and sharing of good practices and lesson learnt.