Towards a capacity development framework for land policy in Africa
Capacity development is at the heart of the Land Policy Initiative (LPI). The AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa urges member states to “build adequate human, financial, technical capacities to support land policy development and implementation.” Drawing on the overarching guidance provided in the Declaration, the LPI Strategic Plan and Roadmap provides impetus for action by making capacity development one of its key objectives and aiming at “facilitating capacity development and technical assistance at all levels in support of land policy development and implementation in Africa.” Capacity development also features in other strategic objectives of the LPI Strategic Plan and Roadmap. Knowledge creation/documentation/dissemination as well as advocacy and communication, which form other elements of the Strategic Plan and Roadmap, have significant capacity development overtones.
Realizing the significance of Declaration, the LPI Secretariat and its strategic partner, namely, UN-Habitat and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) joined hands to plan and implement relevant activities to think through and develop strategies and road maps that will culminate into the development of a coherent, unified and cutting edge Capacity Development Framework (CDF). The goal of the CDF is to provide support to land policy processes and address priority land issues in Africa. The activities undertaken thus far to realize this goal include an expert group meeting, a Writeshop and a pilot good practice training which allowed to begin to engage relevant stakeholders and put in pace the building blocks that will eventually form the CDF.
The paper will therefore unpack the major elements of the emerging CDF which is currently under peer review. It will highlight the thinking underpinning the CDF by elaborating the „what‟, „why‟, „how‟, etc of capacity development in the context of land policy processes and priority land issues in Africa. These will provide insight on important attributes of the CDF such as processes of engagment, methodology and its various components including what makes it different from what is out there.