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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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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.