The African Land Policy Centre (ALPC), formerly called the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The programme is governed by a Steering Committee that meets periodically, while a joint secretariat implements day to day activities. The secretariat is assisted by an African Task-force on Land.

The ALPC has been leading the implementation of the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges which is anchored on the Framework and Guidelines on land policy in Africa (F&G) towards the continental aspirations that ‘equitable access to land, secure land tenure rights, gender equity, improved governance in the land sector and reduction of land-related conflicts’, are fundamental aspirations of the
African people, as together, they pave the way to secure livelihoods and prosperity.

After having developed the F&G, and received the mandate from the African Union (AU) to use it in support of national and regional land policy processes, the ALPC is now moving towards assisting AU Member States in developing or reviewing their land policies as well as in implementing and evaluating these policies through:

  • Establishing the appropriate institutional mechanisms for implementation through the
    LPI Secretariat and now the ALPC
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Land Governance in Africa (MELA) at country level
  • Integrating land issues in National Agricultural Investment Plans
  • Championing the AU commitment on 30 percent campaign for documented land
    rights for African women.

and with the establishment of the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) to support AU Member states in building knowledge, data, human and institutional capacities required to develop, implement and monitor effective land policies.

Building on this momentum, the ALPC, the Government of Germany (through BMZ and GIZ), and partners seek to strengthen capacities for land governance in African countries in line with broader strategies for development, peace and security, and environmental sustainability.