Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 August 2008

Cameroon / Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to Organize a Consultative Workshop on Land Policy in Central Africa


 

Cameroon / Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to Organize a Consultative Workshop on Land Policy in Central Africa

YAOUNDE, Cameroun, August 5, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (ADB), will organize from 6 to 8 August 2008 in Yaoundé (Cameroon), a consultative workshop aimed at reaching a consensus on elements that are critical for sound land policies and institutional reforms in Central Africa’s Region. National governments officials, civil society and private sector as well as centres of excellence and development partner’s representatives will be in attendance.This workshop is part of an on-going process. Its core objective is to develop a framework and guidelines for land policy in Africa , supported by benchmarks and indicators for assessing performance of land policy formulation and implementation.

During the three-day-workshop, participants will:

• Analyze revisions needed to finalize the regional background document on land policy in Central Africa ;

• Assess Regional specificities, initiatives and lessons that should be included in the continental framework;

• Identify Knowledge, institutional and resource gaps and draw lessons from on going land initiatives in the region, critical to identifying capacity needs and developing strategies for implementation; and

• Review Key elements necessary to the development of benchmarks and indicators, and mechanisms for assessing performance of land processes in the region.

The workshop on land policy in Central Africa is expected to enhance the regional background document which will serve as inputs to the draft continental framework and guidelines on the formulation and implementation of land policies. The refined draft continental framework and guidelines will be submitted to the policy organs of the African Union for consideration in January 2009.

Background .

Most African governments have embarked on land policy and institutional reforms but the results achieved are uneven. It’s in this context that the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development have put in place the Land Policy Initiative with the view to supporting national, regional and international efforts to address various factors constraining the formulation and implementation of sound land policies. In this regard, the three institutions are facilitating the flow of information, lesson sharing, the adoption of innovative resource mobilization strategies and enhancing political will.

The multi-stakeholder consultations is one the pillars of the Land Policy Initiative.

 

 

SOURCE : Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)


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