Alumni from Western Africa are increasingly charged by their governments to innovate their current land administration systems in order to cope with the demands from local communities, different tiers of government, conflicts between public and private interests and environmental challenges. While the specific aim is usually to enhance land transaction market and utilize land administration as a tool to systematically raise (land ) tax, often the long-term aim is to alleviate poverty by securing land tenure and strengthen good governance by enhancing basic public registers.
The insights in how to construct land administration systems have however changed in two ways: 1) geo-information technology and access to this technology has progressed in such a way that more integrated ways are possible for citizens to extract and construct their own land information than ever before. 2) recent problems in sub-Saharan Africa such as land grabbing, land conflicts and rapid urbanization require increasingly rapid, up-to-date, reliable and integrated land information. Therefore, an update in the recent understanding and application of land administration methods and approaches is necessary help to achieve the interests and aims of the governments, individual citizens and groups.
Highly motivated participants who have education, affinity and experience with land administration and land reform. It will be required that participants are actively working for land administration related agencies, including ministries or departments of land, local governments and city administrations responsible for land management, land registration and land taxation agencies, mapping agencies and/or NGOs promoting sustainable land rights, land tenure and land use.
What will be achieved?
Upon completion of the course the participants will be able to:
• describe common and specific problems in current land administration projects
• describe currently available technical, managerial and methodological tools to modernize land administration
• link land administration outcomes to strengthen poverty alleviation, good governance and gender sensitization endeavors.
• assess the feasibility of technical and managerial solutions to modernize the land administration system in their own context.
• jointly develop appropriate land administration solutions in a specific socio-organization context.
• relate to a network of professional and academic peers.
• gain access to recent land administration literature.
1) Knowledge transfer (40% of course) on recent updates in the tools and embedding of land administration, including:
a) a synopsis of latest technical developments in geoICT relevant for land information systems (e.g. Land administration domain model, point cadastres, social tenure model, role of social media in crowdsourcing and voluntary geographic information, open source Cadastre, electronic government).
b) a summary of relevant societal and public administrative developments in sub Saharan Africa for which land administration can be of use (e.g. monitoring large-scale land acquisitions, investigating land conflicts, legal land reform, assessing formal/informal urbanization and speculation with real estate transactions, supporting transparency initiatives, developing open government).
c) a summary of public administrative and public sector reform developments which influence the funding and organization of land administration (e.g. public sector reform, new public management, electronic and open government, financial reform, shift in donor priorities)
2) Knowledge sharing (30 % of course) by assessing current land administration challenges of land administration practitioners in western Africa and collaborative formulation of solutions
3) Knowledge sensitization (15% of course) on gender issues in land administration
4) Practice and site visits (15 % of course) - ongoing land administration projects and initiatives in Nigeria,