Building momentum for policy change: in Africa and worldwide

“PRIndex will accelerate the movement for secure property rights,” states an agreement signed in May between the Global Land Alliance, a parent organisation of PRIndex, and UN Habitat, which is a data custodian for Sustainable Development Goal 1.4.2, on land rights security.

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UN Habitat also facilitates the Global Land Tools Network, which will put the agreement into effect. GLTN will ensure that PRIndex integrates the methodology approved by the inter-agency expert group for Sustainable Development Goal 1.4.2, help to encourage countries to adopt the PRIndex approach, and assist with disseminating results. PRIndex will consult closely with GLTN, and contribute data to support UN Habitat’s goal of a better urban future.

Building Momentum For Policy Change In Africa

In some parts of Africa, particularly those recently affected by armed conflict, land disputes are so prevalent that they strain courts and communities. In others, traditional systems provide tenure security in a manner not captured by surveys focusing on formal documentation. It’s a diverse and challenging policy environment.

That's why we are planning to partner with two initiatives led by the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) to improve land governance across the continent. Monitoring and Evaluating Land in Africa (MELA) aims to build the knowledge and capacity of twelve African governments to take action on land – and PRIndex is collecting data on 10 of them this year. We looking forward to contributing data to MELA’s exciting programme of policymaker workshops and listening to feedback on their next steps and ours.

We also plan to support the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) that ALPC has established in cooperation with Germany, the World Bank and other partners. With more than 50 research partner institutions across Africa, NELGA provides scholarships to researchers on land in Africa, connecting them to experts across the continent. PRIndex is in discussions to provide access to our data, guidance on its use, connections to experts further afield through our Technical Advisory Group, and to use our new website – currently under development – to raise the profile of NELGA grantees’ research.

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