Across Africa, the majority of both rural and urban residents have insecure tenure rights, either in law or in practice. They face the legacy of land dispossession, colonial legal codes, contested customary tenure systems, and growing pressure on land in the face of commercial investments. Next week, land professionals from West Africa will meet in Accra, Ghana to get first class training in various aspects of land governance in Africa—including how land rights and land governance in Africa be strengthened.

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) in collaboration with the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is presenting a short course – The Political Economy of Land Governance in Africa – aiming to unpack land governance from a political economic lens.

PLAAS academics, Profs Moenieba Isaacs and Ruth Hall coordinates this short course, which is part of a wider initiative, called the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA).

This NELGA course works to build a highly skilled cohort of land professionals and land policy makers, equipping them with the expertise to resolve Africa’s land challenges.
NELGA is an initiative of the African Union, the United Nations Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank. It is a partnership of more than 50 leading African universities and research institutions, to strengthen the training and curriculum development on land governance in Africa.

The course is presented by leading academics in this field, including:

  • Prof Ruth Hall, PLAAS, University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa;
  • Prof Moenieba Isaacs, PLAAS, University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa;
  • Prof John Bugri, Department of Land Economics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana;
  • Prof Dzodzi Tsikata, Institute for African Studies, University of Ghana, Ghana;
  • Prof Kojo Amanor, Institute for African Studies, University of Ghana, Ghana;
  • Prof Mamadou Goita, IRPAD and University of Bamako, Mali;
  • Dr Yao Graham, Third World Network, Ghana; and
  • Mr Emmanuel Sulle, PLAAS, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

PLAAS is a special NELGA node focusing on the political economy of land governance and the University of the Western Cape accredits this short course.  The African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) and GIZ funds this NELGA course.

To read more about this course, check out our NELGA page here.