The African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), have together pledged to work with governments on the continent to strengthen land governance.
Land governance to a large extent is at the heart of property ownership, poverty, food security and Africa’s dire housing crisis.
The partners announced: “The majority of our people rely on land for a living. Therefore, pro-poor land policy should be transparent to all land users, equitable, and free of corruption.”
The organizations have pledged financial and technical assistance to ensure that land governance and land policy processes in Africa are transparent, lucid and accessible and that state and indigenous systems are easily integrated.
They also pledged to work with practitioners in arts, cultutre and heritage to increase awareness and appreciation of land issues on the continent.
They pledged to work more closely with governments to beef up land governance systems.