The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, signed a grant agreement with Ambassador Daniel Hunn of Switzerland to Ethiopia on Oct. 9 in Addis Ababa.
This grant agreement is aimed at providing financial support to Phase 2 of the IGAD Land Governance Project. To meet the mandate and the continental obligation on the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges, IGAD together with the Africa Land Policy Centre (ALPC) have been implementing the first phase of a project Improving Land Governance in IGAD since 2014.
During that first phase, 11 background studies were carried out that informed the development of three critical strategies:
The IGAD Land governance Strategy;
The IGAD framework for harmonized land policies; and
The Strategy for mainstreaming land governance in IGAD Projects and Programs.
These were all translated into the IGAD Land governance business plan 2019 2023, as an implementation framework for land governance.
Phase 2 of the project seeks to create a network of implementing partners with specialist skills and experience in different aspects of land governance. FAO, the lead partner is mandated to provide technical assistance for the entire project implementation. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) institution specialized in research and the documentation of best practice brings that learning to enhance land monitoring and women’s land rights. The development agency of the African Union, (NEPAD AUDA) and the Land portal foundation’s experiences in land information will be harnessed.
Phase 2 will mainly focus on strengthening the implementation of land governance in country. This is hinged on improving land administration systems to enable the documentation of land rights and resolve land conflicts. The focus will be to strengthen the rights of pastoralists on land, improving their ability to negotiate for their rights with a clear view of their territories while improving regional integration. It will also look into the gender and land question addressing the political, cultural, religious and legal challenges that hold back women’s participation and deny them security of tenure.
Source: PEACE, PROSERITY,AND REGIONAL INTERGRATION