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07-10: Streamlining Land Administration Procedures
On Common Ground – Addressing Land Rights in the African Great Lakes Region
ZOA, Netherlands, The
The paper addresses the multi-dimensional causalities of land rights challenges and their interconnections with violent conflict in three countries of the African Great Lakes region: Uganda, Burundi and the DR Congo. While each of these countries has its own very specific context and challenges, the author argues that there are commonalities that allow for the drawing of broader lessons for practically working on land rights issues in the great lakes region, based on the experiences of locally-based projects in three countries, extensive expert consultations and the results of existing research.
Mozambique: Even a Progressive Land Law Needs Revision after a Generation of Experience
DAI, United States of America
Mozambique is widely regarded as having a modern and progressive land tenure framework. However, implementation has not always lived up to the promise of the original law. Twenty years of experience have revealed several areas in which the legal framework would benefit from revision and better serve its primary aims of promoting productive land use while still protecting legitimate customary land rights.
Topics that were once off-limit – for example, loosening the restrictions on land rights transfers in rural areas – are now being discussed and openly debated. The time is ripe to address this and other weaknesses in the legal framework and thereby catalyze investment, increase productivity and enhance transparency in land administration. This paper examines the existing legal framework and prioritizes recommendations to achieve the above-mentioned goals while simultaneously safeguarding legitimate land rights of communities and individuals.
Assessment of Land Administration Service Delivery In Three Selected States In Nigeria - Experiences From Ekiti, Kebbi and Niger States
1Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform, Nigeria; 2Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Nigeria; 3University of Lagos, Nigeria
Good and sustainable land administration is a key factor in the overall socio-economic development of any nation. World Bank Report on Doing Business 2017 ranked Nigeria 182 among 190 economies on the ease of registering property. Since registration of land parcels commenced in Nigeria in 1863, not more than three percent of the nation’s land mass of 923,768 square kilometres have been surveyed and registered. This underlines the depth of the problem of land administration in the country.
To further the appreciate the scale of the problem, the land reform committee established by government in 2009, with a mandate to recommend measures for improving land governance in the country, undertook land administration service delivery study in three states - Ekiti, Kebbi and Niger States - in addition to the study earlier undertaken in seven others.
This paper will present the findings of the study and the measures recommended for improving the system.
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