Sunday, November 28 2021

By staff reporter


RWANDA will host this year’s edition of the Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA), which will be attended in its capital Kigali and will also be attended by virtually multitudes due to the impact of Covid-19.

The event, under the theme: “Land governance for the safeguard of art, culture and heritage towards the Africa we want”, Takes place from 2 to 4 November.

The theme of the Conference is aligned with the African Union Declaration of 2021 as the African Year of Art, Culture and Heritage through the theme “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers to Build Africa that we want “.

The CLPA is organized by the African Land Policy Center (ALPC), a joint initiative of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Bank of development (ADB).

Joan Kagwanja, head of SALW, said that land in Africa is at the center of culture and heritage, which provides a framework for a continental discourse aimed at improving the land governance space and achieving ” Africa We Want ”, as envisioned in the AU’s Agenda 2063.

She added that SALW recognizes the potential role of arts, culture and heritage in catalyzing socio-economic development and integration on the African continent. Therefore, the proposed theme draws on the AU’s Agenda 2063 as a shared strategic framework and blueprint for inclusive growth. and sustainable development.

“The Year of Arts, Culture and Heritage comes at a time when AU Member States grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which imposes heavy human, financial and economic costs. to the land governance space in Africa, ”Kagwanja said.

The overall objective of the Conference is to deepen engagement and strengthen capacities for the formulation, implementation and monitoring of land policies in Africa through better access to knowledge and information to supporting evidence-based land policy development.

The CLPA conference is expected to improve knowledge to support the development, implementation and monitoring of evidence-based land policies in Africa; a strengthened and deepened consensus among African decision-makers and stakeholders on promising avenues to meet the challenges of land governance; improving networks, partnerships and resources for land governance and land policy in Africa; a better appreciation of the role of land in safeguarding African art, culture and heritage on livelihoods, especially for marginalized groups.

Held every two years, the conference attracts participants from government, academia, research, traditional authorities and other non-state actors, the private sector and development partners to disseminate and exchange knowledge to promote dialogue, networking, advocacy and partnerships in support of the implementation of the AU Agenda on Land. Central to this agenda is the development, review, implementation and monitoring of evidence-based land policies.

ALPC was launched in 2017 to succeed the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) established in 2006.

Key achievements of the LPI include the development of the African Land Policy (F&G) Framework and Guidelines, prepared to provide guidance on the development and implementation of sound national land policies and guiding principles on investments. Large Scale Land (PM) made available to AU Member States to support the negotiation of fairer and more sustainable land investments.

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