The ALPC strengthens the capacity of the EAC to facilitate the mainstreaming of land governance issues

The African Land Policy Center (ALPC) has built the capacity of senior staff of the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat to facilitate the integration of land governance issues into programmes, particularly those of the productive sector. The Capacity Building Workshop on the Implementation of the AU Declaration on Land was held on 16-17 August 2022 in Kampala, Uganda under the auspices of a joint ALPC-EAC project which has been approved by the Council of Ministers of Environment and Natural Resource Management of the EAC. .

Highlighting the cross-cutting nature of land, the ALPC Coordinator, Ms. Joan Kagwanja, applauded the participation of the EAC Secretariat at the senior level in the workshop, noting that the capacities acquired to integrate land governance issues into the programs will greatly advance EAC interventions in support of the achievement of agriculture and food security related objectives; environment and natural resources; tourism and wildlife management; energy, infrastructure and industrial development; gender and women’s empowerment, among others.

She further commended the recent efforts and commitment to engage with partner states and establish a steering committee that will oversee the implementation of a roadmap, the first activity of which is the operationalization of a platform for the exchange of knowledge and best practices between partner states. This is what is envisaged in the AU Declaration on Land.

The Director of Productive Services, Mr. Jean Baptiste Havugimana expressed his gratitude to ALPC for its continued technical and financial support in the implementation of the AU Declaration on Land in the region. To ensure the preservation, protection and sustainability of the EAC lands and related resources, Havugimana stressed that capacity building is paramount in order to build the internal human and technical capacities of the secretariat to support the development and implementation implementation of land policies in partner states and improve the impact of programs within the productive sector. He underscored the importance of capacity and knowledge building as essential elements to achieve strong land governance systems anchored in the aspirations of Agenda 2063 and the EAC Vision 2050.

This workshop builds on a capacity assessment study report recently validated and carried out with the technical support of ALPC, which identified the need to strengthen the capacity of the EAC Secretariat to better address land issues. in EAC programs. The assessment also noted a gap in knowledge platforms that would facilitate the exchange of best practices among partner states and identify emerging issues in order to design frameworks/mechanisms to address land issues, especially those that are of a nature. cross-border. Capacity building modules addressed how to address land governance issues such as securing land rights for all land users, promoting responsible land investments, preventing and resolving land and ethnic conflicts , improving women’s access to land / securing their land rights, the central role of land use planning, effective land administration and information systems, the role of communication, among others .

(With contributions from APO)

Gregory M. Roy