Strengthening land policy in Africa

Project description

Title: Strengthening Advisory Capacities for Land Governance in Africa (SLGA)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Countries: Regional cooperation in Africa
Lead executing agency: African Union Commission
Overall term: 2014 to 2024

Graduate of the scholarship programme at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Photo: Valentina Nyame)


In many African states, inadequate land tenure systems and insecure land rights hinder rural development. Despite political efforts to establish socially and environmentally sound land policy, practical implementation is still in its early stages. There is often a lack of experts able to advise decision-makers in the relevant institutions. Recognising this challenge, the African Union (AU) has commissioned the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) to implement its Agenda on Land.


The African states are implementing socially and environmentally sound land policy with qualified individuals and institutions.


The project is part of the One World – No Hunger Initiative (SEWOH). Together with ALPC, it supports the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) in efficiently implementing the AU Agenda on Land.

Moreover, the project promotes technical and vocational education and training opportunities in the area of land management and land policy in Africa. This is supported by a scholarship programme in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The project is strengthening the capacities of the NELGA partner organisations with regard to scientific advice on land policy processes and easier access to data for monitoring land policy.

The project established and developed NELGA together with ALPC. The network is intended to link the available knowledge with regard to training and research on the topic of land management and policy to a greater extent within Africa. It is a continental network of universities coordinated by six regional centres and one technical centre (referred to as ‘nodes’) and also the continental NELGA secretariat. In addition, the cooperation with a further consortium of international universities is strengthening global exchange between African and international universities.

Last update: September 2021

Planning a road in Cameroon (Photo: GIZ / Rosette Mbenda)

Additional information