NELGA-SA Partners’ Assembly Establishes Governance Board for Project Success
The 2nd NELGA-SA Partners’ Assembly was held on May 19th, 2023, to discuss the work plan and governance structure of the NELGA-SA project. The meeting brought together representatives from different institutions within the NELGA-SA network.
The meeting updated the work plan and reviewed the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Governance Board’s structure and functions. The Governance Board’s composition, functions, and ex-officio members were agreed upon, with the coordinator tasked with calling for the inaugural meeting of NELGA-SA governance board members by the first week of June 2023.
Five non-NUST representatives were endorsed to serve on the Governance Board, ensuring diverse perspectives, effective decision-making, and sustainable land governance in Southern Africa. Establishing the Governance Board is a significant milestone towards achieving the project’s objectives, which aim to promote land governance in Southern Africa for sustainable development.
The assembly was fruitful, and crucial decisions were made regarding the project’s governance structure and responsibilities. Establishing the Governance Board, which will ensure strategic direction, efficient decision-making, and sustainable land governance in Southern Africa, has set the NELGA-SA project up for success.
From NELGA Scholarship to a GIZ Advisor – Anthony’s Success Story
Working with GIZ allows me to give back to the organisation by using the skills and techniques I learned through the GIZ-assisted scholarship programme – Anthony Sarfo
One of the best things that happened to me in 2018 after finishing my undergraduate studies in Human Settlement Planning was being a part of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-country programme under the Strengthening Land Governance in Africa (SLGA) through the Network of Excellence in Land Governance in Africa (NELGA). The scholarship enabled me to research the contextualization of sustainable land use planning with incorporated geospatial technology tenets as input and precursor for land governance in small and intermediate urban areas.
This cumulated in a master’s degree and a position at The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ).
The NELGA Programme is adaptable and provides opportunities for professional and academic growth. A series of training and networking events were held to improve co-learning and scholar capacity in research approaches and methodologies, data collection, and science communication. I also attended a summer school at the Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main Training programme on the theme of Environmental and remote sensing data analyses via geospatial technologies in research and teaching. This enhanced my capacity in geospatial technologies, academic communication, support and guidance, and higher education didactics. I was able to enrol in two additional courses: digital image acquisition and processing at the geomatic department and spatial documentation of land rights at the land economy department at KNUST.
With the skills acquired, my initial publication during the scholarship programme was on corruption in the land governance in Ghana, titled “Towards Elimination of Corruption in the Land Sector: Incorporation of Geospatial Technologies in Land Governance at the Local Level” published in the African Journal on Land Policy and Geospatial Sciences. The paper advances a course for the incorporation of technology in land management as an indispensable endeavour to eliminate the bottlenecks and contribute to the fight against corruption in the land sector. Read More Here. Two other publications from my M.Phil. studies on the conceptualization of sustainable land use planning for land governance and the assessment of unsustainable spatial development of two intermediate towns through earth observation are in press. Further skills attained enabled me to undertake consultancy works on land use planning and adjunct lecturing roles at a prestigious university in Ghana.
I seek to contribute to methodologies for effective planning practices in Ghana in the purview of sustainability, earth observation, land governance, climate change, and gender. Presently, I am with the GIZ on the Resilient Against Climate Change (REACH) Project as a Technical Advisor (GIS and Remote Sensing). The project, being implemented in the Northern part of Ghana, works towards promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth and increasing agricultural outcomes in rural communities of the Joint Programme Area (JPA). Additionally, envisage a point where planning at the community level is enhanced through participatory Community Action Plans (CAPS) and Community Land Use Plans (CLUP) in at least 200 communities in the JPA. I deem this an opportunity to use the skills and techniques acquired during my studies with GIZ assisted scholarship programme.
NELGA Presents: International Women’s Month Q&A Series
Welcome to the International Women’s Month Q&A series on the NELGA website. This March, we are shining a spotlight on the critical contributions that women are making in the field of land governance and land rights. As part of this series, we’re interviewing well-known women in the field affiliated with the network. They’ll talk about their experiences, insights, and points of view on various issues related to land governance, policy, and rights.
The goal of these Q&As is to honour the accomplishments of women in this field while also bringing attention to the problems they’ve had to deal with and the chances for progress and change. We hope this series will encourage more people to get involved in land governance and work for more social justice and gender equity.
We are excited to share the stories and insights of these women, whose actions influence NELGA’s impact in Africa. We hope you will join us in celebrating International Women’s Month and women’s contributions to the land governance field.
Find the stories here:
Dr Safiatou Saidou speaks on advocacy, lobbying and financial contributions to promote women’s land rights in Northern Cameroon.
Dr Janet Edeme discusses women’s protection, resilience, and agricultural opportunities for Africa’s development.
Prof Dr Heba Allah Khalil provides empirical context on land issues for women lead households in Egypt.
Johannes’s Sucess Story – NELGA Intern
It was such an exciting opportunity to be part of a culturally diverse organization while gaining experience in land governance in Africa – Lineekelomwene Johannes, Former Intern with NELGA Southern Africa Node at NUST
In February 2023, I completed all requirements towards my achieving a Bachelor of Business Management degree from the prestigious Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). NUST is the leading hub for the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa, an African Union network managed by the African Land Policy Centre through the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ).
Part of the requirements for graduation was to embark on an internship through Work-integrated Learning (WIL). This is an integral aspect of our curriculum and must be completed by all students for graduation. Lucky for me, I met Mr. Theodor Muduva, the advisor for NELGA at NUST and I was given the opportunity to gain experience as an administrative assistant intern for the network in southern Africa.
Simply put, it altered the playing field and was a game-changing experience. I was putting theory into practice and exchanging real-world experience. It was a thrill to work with people from various walks of life and learn from their experiences and perspectives. Before I joined NELGA, I had never thought of being interested in land issues, but through NELGA, I became knowledgeable about them. Mentors at the NELGA hub at NUST, especially Mr. Muduva, were extremely rewarding; and cumulatively inspired me to do my best in all my endeavours as I contributed my bit to my country’s development, region and the continent and, of course, come out with a better-than-average grade in my WIL course.
During my internship, a highlight of my time was participating in a planning and review meeting for NELGA with delegates from across Africa speaking as one voice. It was a tremendous pleasure for me to interact with NUST faculty, NELGA partner universities, African Land Policy Centre, GIZ as the implementing partner and many others. I was learning about land governance outside of my original academic interest; however, I could see the business management intersections and alignment with land and how this impacts the continent. It was a thrilling experience.
I am incredibly grateful for the invaluable insight into the workings of the business world that I gained due to my time spent in NELGA in these early professional years. Being a part of the NELGA team was an incredible opportunity to gain significant experience and intellectual resources to guide my future career goals.
MOROCCO: IAV Hassan II Publish the 2023 Journal on Land and Geospatial Sciences
NELGA today announced the publishing of its first Issue of the African Journal on Land Policy and Geospatial Sciences (AJLP&GS) for 2023.
You are kindly invited to view the published articles of this Issue, available at:
Uncovering Land Governance Challenges in 9 African Countries: NELGA’s Overview of Pastoralism and Small-Scale Farming
NELGA has put out nine country profiles about South Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Egypt, and Mauritania. These profiles give information about pastoralism and small-scale agriculture in these countries. Through research on the current state of land governance in each of these nations, the individual reports have identified policy gaps that could be amended to better support pastoralism and small-scale agriculture.
The profiles also emphasised the significance of regional and international cooperation throughout Africa to enhance land governance structures tailored to local communities’ needs. The profiles included an assessment of existing research on the topics; the effects of climate change; public policy in place to support pastoralism and small-scale farming; the role of women and young people in this space; and regional and international cooperation available to support respective countries. The individual country profiles make recommendations for improving land governance in each country.
NELGA hopes that these reports will help the government improve the way it manages resources while making sure that rights over resources are kept, and international standards are always followed. NELGA keeps working with its African partners to improve how land is managed in all countries involved.
Land Experts Validates Initiative to Advance the NELGA Project
Stakeholders in land governance have endorsed the process of establishing a five-year strategic plan (2023â€“2027) for the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA). The validation session on Zoom on August 11th, 2022, highlighted the road map for implementing the strategic plan to drive NELGA’s operations and ensure sustainability.
Joan Kagwanja, the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) coordinator, UNECA, noted that NELGA’s accomplishments are indeed significant. We must build on these accomplishments and ensure clarity in administrative and programmatic actions within the network. She encouraged stakeholders to continue to support the expert team in developing the NELGA road map in developing systems that intersect and influence land policy formulation and implementation.
The gaps and challenges identified in terms of the strategic destination of NELGA will be addressed in the NELGA Strategy & Business Plan 2023- 2027, Communication and Visibility Strategy, Monitoring & Evaluation Framework 2023-2027 & Resource mobilisation strategy, which are set to be validated in 2022. Stakeholders at the meeting include NELGA coordinators, the ALPC, GIZ African Union Strengthening Advisory Capacity for Land Governance in Africa (SLGA) Program, and other land governance experts.
Pour une amÃ©lioration des curricula sur la gouvernance fonciÃ¨re en Afrique Centrale: NELGA Afrique centrale organise un atelier de sensibilisation sur la rÃ©vision des programmes d’enseignement en matiÃ¨re de gouvernance fonciÃ¨re
Du 10 au 13 novembre 2020, des experts en gouvernance fonciÃ¨re et des universitaires issus des principales universitÃ©s et institutions acadÃ©miques du Cameroun se rÃ©uniront dans la ville universitaire de Dschang pour examiner la nÃ©cessitÃ© de disposer des curricula actualisÃ©s sur la gouvernance fonciÃ¨re qui tienne compte du contexte africain et qui soit en Ã©troite ligne avec les recommandations de lâ€™Union Africaine en matiÃ¨re de gouvernance fonciÃ¨re.
La rÃ©union est organisÃ©e par le RÃ©seau d’excellence sur la gouvernance fonciÃ¨re en Afrique (NELGA), qui est coordonnÃ© par le Centre africain de politique fonciÃ¨re (ALPC) avec le soutien du ministÃ¨re fÃ©dÃ©ral allemand de la coopÃ©ration Ã©conomique et du dÃ©veloppement (BMZ) auprÃ¨s de l’Union africaine, sur le thÃ¨me “Lignes directrices pour l’Ã©laboration des curricula sur la gouvernance fonciÃ¨re en Afrique”.
La rÃ©union est la rÃ©sultante de la volontÃ© de universitÃ©s partenaires Ã NELGA Afrique centrale dâ€™obtenir un soutien et des conseils dans la rÃ©vision et la conception des programmes d’Ã©tudes sur les questions de gouvernance fonciÃ¨re. Il est alors nÃ©cessaire de sensibiliser ces universitÃ©s sur les directives conÃ§ues par lâ€™Union Africaine en matiÃ¨re de rÃ©vision des curricula afin dâ€™aligner les programmes dâ€™enseignement sur les politiques stratÃ©giques de l’Union africaine.
L’UniversitÃ© de YaoundÃ© I via le rÃ©seau NELGA en Ã©troite collaboration avec ses universitÃ©s partenaires ont envisagÃ© le prÃ©sent atelier de sensibilisation/formation afin de doter les responsables universitaires d’Afrique centrale des outils et connaissances nÃ©cessaires Ã la rÃ©vision de leurs programmes d’Ã©tudes sur le foncier tout en sâ€™assurant de la conformitÃ© de ces programmes avec les lignes directrices de lâ€™Union africaine.
La gouvernance fonciÃ¨re est associÃ©e Ã la gestion de plusieurs autres ressources connexes qui pourraient propulser la croissance Ã©conomique, la prospÃ©ritÃ© et le dÃ©veloppement durable Ã grande Ã©chelle, d’une part, et les activitÃ©s culturelles, d’autre part. La terre joue Ã©galement un rÃ´le prÃ©dominant dans la cohÃ©sion sociale, la paix et la sÃ©curitÃ©.
Compte tenu du dÃ©ficit observÃ© dans le secteur du foncier en Afrique, notamment en matiÃ¨re de compÃ©tences et dâ€™expertise, les Ã‰tats membres de l’Union Africaine ont Ã©tÃ© invitÃ©s Ã “dÃ©velopper des capacitÃ©s humaines, financiÃ¨res et techniques adÃ©quates pour soutenir l’Ã©laboration et la mise en Å“uvre de la politique fonciÃ¨re en Afrique”. Il a alors Ã©tÃ© recommandÃ© aux universitÃ©s et Ã©tablissements d’enseignement supÃ©rieur dâ€™examiner les programmes d’Ã©tudes, de recherche et de formation existants afin de dÃ©terminer s’ils sont adÃ©quats pour rÃ©pondre aux besoins de l’industrie. Des lacunes importantes ont Ã©tÃ© identifiÃ©es dans le contenu et la nature des programmes de formation et de recherche proposÃ©s par les universitÃ©s et autres Ã©tablissements d’enseignement supÃ©rieur africains.
Face Ã ce constat, le Centre Africain sur les Politiques fonciÃ¨res (ALPC â€“ African Land Policy Centre) a Ã©laborÃ© en partenariat avec un groupe dâ€™experts et dâ€™acadÃ©miciens africains les Â« lignes directrices pour le dÃ©veloppement de programmes d’Ã©tudes sur la gouvernance fonciÃ¨re en Afrique Â». Ce document a pour objectif de servir de cadre pour le dÃ©veloppement et/ou la revue des curricula acadÃ©miques des universitÃ©s Africaines. Ces lignes directrices ont Ã©tÃ© prÃ©sentÃ©es Ã l’organe politique compÃ©tent de l’UA pour approbation et sont ensuite devenu lâ€™un des outils clefs de la mise en Å“uvre de lâ€™agenda de lâ€™UA sur le foncier.
Ã€ la fin de l’atelier, les universitÃ©s de Dschang, Douala, YaoundÃ©, Cameroun, UniversitÃ© de Bangui en RCA, lâ€™UniversitÃ© de N’Djamena au Tchad et Omar Bongo au Gabon commenceront Ã rÃ©viser le contenu des cours sur le foncier.
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Call for applications for research fellowships under the “Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA)” during the COVID-19 crisis.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has forced the world into action. The measures taken to contain the virus have impacted the whole of society, including the education sector, with research becoming more important than ever. To help investigating how COVID-19 and related measures potentially affect housing, land, and property rights in African countries, and to deliver high-quality research on the COVID 19 implications for land governance institutions and systems in the long-term, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers support for special research fellowships under the “Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA)” in the form of desk studies.
Applications for the NELGA research fellowships may be submitted throughout the year. For this specialized call we invite you to apply before the 15th of June 2020. The fellowship will be awarded for August 2020.
Download Application proceedures in English or French for more details.