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13-11: Fit-for-Purpose Approach to Land Administration in Africa
Friday, 24/Mar/2017:
9:00am - 10:30am

Location: MC C2-135

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ID: 1036 / 13-11: 1
MasterClass - learning day events

Implementing a Fit-For-Purpose Approach to Land Administration in Sub-Sahara Africa

Robin McLaren1, Stig Enemark1, Oumar Sylla2, Kathrine Kelm3

1FIG; 2GLTN; 3World Bank Group

The workshop will discuss about the opportunities and constraints related to closing the security of tenure gap in Sub-Sahara African countries. Although focused on Sub-Sahara African countries, experiences from other countries around the world can be part of the Master Class discussion.

The workshop will include some short statements from FIG, GLTN and World Bank related to the opportunities provided by implementing a Fit-For-Purpose approach to building national land administration systems providing secure tenure for all. This will be followed by short presentations from three African countries focusing on the benefits and constraints related to implementing this kind of flexible and scalable system.

There is an urgent need to build simple and basic systems within a relatively short timeframe and using a flexible and affordable approach to identify the way land is occupied and used - whether these land rights are legal or locally legitimate. The systems need to be simple and flexible in terms of spatial identification, legal regulations and institutional arrangements to meet the actual needs in society today and they can then be incrementally improved over time. This, in turn, will facilitate economic growth, social equity and environmental sustainability.

Robin McLaren is currently director of Know Edge Ltd a UK based, independent management consulting company formed in 1986 specialising in the application of geospatial information and is a prominent consultant in land administration. He works extensively with United Nations agencies, World Bank and EU on land policy / land administration / NSDI programmes in Africa, Far East, Asia and Europe and he is on a mission to ensure that Land Professionals are delivering appropriate land administration services to the citizen. He was the lead consultant in formulating the UK Location Strategy. Robin has an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow for contributions to geomatics and land administration and is an Honorary Fellow at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh. He has co-authored the recent GLTN publication on ‘Fit For Purpose Land Administration: Guiding Principles for Country Implementation’.