1 The African Land Policy Center (ALPC) has enhanced the capacity of senior staff in the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat to facilitate the integration of land governance issues into programmes, especially those in the productive sector.
2 The Capacity Building Workshop on the Implementation of the AU Declaration on Earth was held on August 16-17, 2022 in Kampala, Uganda, under the auspices of a joint ALPC-EAC project that was supported by the Council of Ministers for the Environment and Natural Resources Management of the EAC.
4 Emphasizing the cross-cutting nature of land, ALPC Coordinator, Ms. Joan Kagwanja, applauded the participation of the EAC secretariat at the senior level in the workshop, noting that the capacities gained to integrate the governance issues of the land in programs will greatly drive EAC interventions in support of achieving related goals.
5 to agriculture and food security; environment and natural resources; tourism and wildlife management; energy, industrial and infrastructure development; gender and women’s empowerment, among others.
6 In addition, he commended the recent efforts and commitment to collaborate with partner States and to establish a steering committee that will oversee the implementation of a roadmap, the first activity of which is the launch of a platform for the exchange of knowledge and best practices between partner states.
7 This is what is contemplated in the AU Declaration on Earth.
8 The Director of Productive Services, Mr. Jean Baptiste Havugimana, expressed his gratitude to ALPC for its continued technical and financial support in the implementation of the AU Declaration on Land in the region.
9 To ensure the preservation, protection and sustainability of EAC land and related resources, Havugimana emphasized that capacity building is paramount to strengthen the internal human and technical capacity of the secretariat to support the development and implementation of land policies in partner states and improve the impact of programs within the productive sector.
10 He highlighted the importance of capacity building and knowledge as fundamental to achieving strong land governance systems rooted in the Aspirations of Agenda 2063 and the EAC Vision 2050.
11 This workshop builds on a recently validated capacity assessment study report conducted with technical support from ALPC, which identified a need to enhance the capacity of the EAC Secretariat to better address land issues within the EAC.
12 The assessment also pointed to a gap in knowledge platforms that would facilitate the exchange of best practices among partner states and identify emerging issues in designing frameworks/mechanisms to address land issues, especially those that are transboundary in nature.
13 Capacity building modules addressed how to address land governance issues such as ensuring land rights for all land users, promoting responsible land-based investments, preventing and addressing land and ethnic conflicts, improving women’s access to land/ensuring their land rights, the central role of land use planning, effective land administration and information systems, the role of communication, among others.