NELGA strengthens human and institutional capacities for the implementation of the AU Agenda on Land. NELGA supports African governments, policymakers and civil society by helping them gain substantial and evidence-based knowledge and network with land governance experts.
Weak land governance and insecure land rights are still major development challenges for Africa. The African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) has been mandated to spearhead the implementation of the African Union’s Agenda on Land, which aims at improving land policy in a regional context.
Although a growing number of countries show the political will to undertake these initiatives, their implementation at country level is still in the early stages. Many countries lack the human and institutional capacity required to implement sustainable land policies. One of the main reasons for this is the insufficient quality of academic programmes at African universities and institutions of higher learning.
To strengthen human and institutional capacities for the implementation of the AU agenda on land, ALPC has established a Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) in cooperation with Germany and other partners.
NELGA is a partnership of leading African universities and research institutions with proven leadership in education, training and research on land governance. Currently, NELGA has more than 70 partner institutions across Africa.
Objectives of NELGA
- Enhancing training opportunities and curricula on land governance in Africa;
- Promoting demand driven research on land policy issues;
- Connecting scholars and researchers across Africa through academic networks;
- Creating data and information for monitoring and evaluation of land policy reforms.
Key functions of NELGA
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